STEPHEN WREH-WILSON'S PROFILE PAGE

MEET MY FAMILY

DOB: July 25th
POB:Maryland County, Liberia

POSITION::Chairman

MARITAL STATUS: Divorced

EMPLOYMENT:Self-Employed 

CEO: Youth Engaging Success Incorporated (YES)

RESIDES IN: Fridley, MN

Stephanie Wilson
DAUGHTER
Kelvin Wreh-Wilson
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WHO I AM

Summary

An accomplished program director with extensive background in community development, human rights, and grassroots organizing; an experienced researcher and team leader with the ability to initiate and manage cross-cultural teams and multidisciplinary projects; and, a result-oriented administrator with proven ability to implement policies, increase institutional efficiency, and enhance productivity.

Experience

Executive Director

YES Inc

January 2014 – Present (2 years 11 months)7420 Unity Ave N, Suite 101, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Leading YES Inc's (formerly Pro USA) re-branding and development efforts with emphasis on strategic planning, project development, marketing, and fundraising.

Building and sustaining community, partnership, and foundations relationships

Enlisting educational institutions, area businesses, and the non-profit community in program implementation.

Recruiting staff and volunteers to shape short and long term goals, set the development agenda, and nurture opportunities for catalytic growth.

Directing a multi-year budget planning process that supports the strategic vision, including hiring, developing, and retaining a high performing team for exceptional program quality. 

Consulting with the Board of Directors to formulate strategy and provide visionary leadership over all operational aspects of the organization. 

Report timely and effectively to donors and major stakeholders

 

Housing and Financial Education Director

African Development Center

August 2005 – December 2013 (8 years 5 months)Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Directed a comprehensive housing education and counseling program that addresses community needs and challenges, increases understanding about homeownership, and promotes financial fitness leading to sustainable homeownership.

Educated 2400 households, 42% purchased homes, tripling the national average of 14%; counseled 1100 families, 56% attained better credit ratings and are bankable.

Facilitated partnerships between established housing developers and financial lenders and grassroots African service providers, and provided these new partnerships with proven, culturally focused technical assistance to increase home ownership within communities of color.

Wrote grant proposals and received consistent financial support from federal, state, foundations, individual and philanthropic sources since 2005, amounting to $2.2m for housing education and counseling, financial literacy, community outreach, capacity building, and technical assistance.

Coordinated the new College-Bound Entrepreneurship Program in Rochester, MN to enable junior and senior high students to pursue their education and enter into the workforce with a working knowledge of business and enterprise.

Trained low and moderate-income households, single headed households, immigrant communities, and communities of color to access information and resources about affordable housing, rental assistance, and community homebuyer programs.

Evaluated periodically all training and service strategies to better serve the clients, and also implements staff training/continuing education to increase performance, output and program impacts.

Trained local partners in the instructional and service delivery methods necessary for them to become the lead agency, with ADC in a consultative role, especially in Greater Minnesota

Was member of a three-person management team.

Received the “Excellence in Service” award from Minnesota Homeownership Center

Achieved certification as a HUD-certified housing counseling agency

Community Engagement Consultant

African Development Center

February 2005 – August 2005 (7 months)Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Created an agency-wide engagement program that included the development of a monthly newsletter and web-based updates, regular email blasts, and client recruitment and outreach. 

Organized both the African community and the local finance community (banks, municipalities and nonprofit lenders, to continually dialogue and act on issues of community economic development in the realms of micro-businesses and homeownership.

Developed partnerships with local agencies already serving emerging markets and built their capacity to provide culturally sensitive homebuyer education, entrepreneurship training, and business financing.

Familiarized African communities with statewide down-payment and closing cost assistance that enable families attain affordable and sustainable homeownership.

Community Organizer (Apprentice)

Midtown Greenway Coalition

June 2004 – January 2005 (8 months)Minneapolis, MN

Assisted in working with local families to encourage use of the corridor for biking, walking, relaxation, and transportation letting them now that the corridor was for everybody.

Promoted the use of pedometer as a device to track distance and heart rates when biking and running

Helped contact public and private agencies to increase support for and use of the Greenway

Wrote articles about pedometer use and community organizing in the Midtown Greenway newsletter 

Organized roundtable of African immigrant leaders to dialogue on common community issues such as immigration, education, health care, economic development, housing, and employment

 

Adjunct Instructor

Hennepin Technical College

June 2004 – December 2004 (7 months)Brooklyn Park, MN

Helped students’ to develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills by analyzing business problems, resulting in functional business documents: memoranda, letters, and reports.

Improved students’ discursive capacities through public speaking and collaborative initiatives

Enabled students to adapt interpersonal, listening, and speaking skills necessary in both independent and collaborative situations. 

Organized internships for early exposure to job markets

Increased class participation through creative role-play exercises

Taught students basic job application, management, and career success skills

Workers Rights Center Director

African Assistance Program

February 2003 – April 2004 (1 year 3 months)Brooklyn Park, MN

Initiated intercultural dialogues to improve employer-employee relations in the Northwest Hennepin suburbs

Enlisted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Minnesota Department of Human Rights (HDHR) to help redress and ensure compensation for workers' grievances.

Hosted a weekly worker rights and anti-racism Television talk show on Metro Cable Network and Cable 12 with speakers from broad sectors of the state.

Taught workers rights workshops to African immigrant workers in Hennepin, Anoka, and Ramsey Counties

Produced workers rights training tools in collaboration with Minnesota Human Rights Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

 

Graduate Assistant

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

January 2000 – December 2001 (2 years)Edinboro, PA

Assisted with faculty research and course instructions for undergraduates

Mentored undergraduate students and helped them with job surveys

Co-advised "The Spectator" weekly undergraduate newspaper

Editor-In-Chief of Graduate level MACS Newsletter

Represented the MA in Communications Studies Graduate Program at consecutive "honor conferences" at Miami and Penn State Universities in 2001

National Director

Justice and Peace Commission

December 1998 – December 1999 (1 year 1 month)Monrovia, Liberia

Spokesperson for the Liberian Catholic Church on issues of human rights, social justice and peace

Established the first Para-Legal training program with oversight from the Carter Center of Emory University.

Created three regional offices to coordinate human rights fact finding and reporting activities

Reported timely and effectively to donors

Coordinated a weekly human rights and civic education radio forum, "The JPC Forum"

Made community organizing and fact-finding cardinal to human rights advocacy in Liberia.

Senior Research and Training Director

Justice and Peace Commission

October 1992 – December 1998 (6 years 3 months)Monrovia, Liberia

Taught human rights, democratic institution building, and community civic education seminars

Conducted nationwide human rights fact finding missions

Reported timely, effectively to Catholic Bishops Conference, donors, international partners, and the public

Researched human rights laws as basis for effective advocacy in Liberia

Maintained professional relationships with local and global human rights groups such as Amnesty
International, Lawyers Committee, Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch.

Co-Authored the "Liberian Crisis" - A chronology on the Liberian Civil War.

Certifications

Grassroots Community Development

Carter Center of Emory University

Starting December 1993

International Human Rights Theory

Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University

Starting June 1998

Commercial Real Estate Specialist

Center for Business Excellence, St Thomas University

Starting August 2006

Community Economic Development

Local Initiative Support Corporation & Metropolitan State University

Starting December 2006

Real Estate Salesperson

National Association of Realtors, License 20516630

Starting April 2005

Homebuyer Education Methods

NeighborWorks America Trainining Institute, License HO229

Starting August 2006

Strategic Thinking and Planning

NeighborWorks America Training Institute, License ML120

Starting May 2009

Lending Basics for Homeownership Counselors

NeighborWorks America Training Institute, License HO103

Starting April 2009

Community Organizing and Leadership

Organizing Apprenticeship Project

Starting December 2004

Advanced Family Immigration Law

Catholic Legal Immigration Network

Starting September 2003

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