We have a new name!

We have a new name!

Great Lakes Center for Youth Development announced today that it is changing the company name to Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development.

Grown & Lead: Community and Youth Development will continue to be the the go-to organization for nonprofit management and youth development resources in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

”Over the years, it’s become apparent that we grow the capacity of individuals and nonprofit organizations to lead our communities. As our organization has evolved into the capacity building center for the Upper Peninsula, our name became of point of confusion. We work with all nonprofit organizations, not just those that serve youth,” said Amy Quinn, CEO of Grow & Lead.

The web address (www.glcyd.org) and staff contact information will not change. The name can be shortened to Grow & Lead or GLCYD.

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