The Chamber Foundation operates exclusively to receive and administer funds for charitable and educational purposes to benefit the residents of Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti, Michigan region, and encouraging the development of business, educational, cultural and other community resources by means of programs that include, but are not limited to:
The unique quality of life we enjoy in the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti region is a result of strong leaders and responsible citizens. Leadership A2Y, offered by the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, presents a rare opportunity for individuals to develop their leadership strengths, gain direct access to local movers and shakers, and define their roles as true stewards of the community.
Leadership A2Y 2.0
Leadership 2.0 is ideal for current or future leaders seeking insight into their personal leadership style and enhancing their leadership skills, learning about components of leadership, identifying and assessing talent, and preparing talent for the future.
Ypsilanti P.R.I.D.E. Day is a community-wide event intended to foster community pride and encourage local business growth by creating a clean and welcoming environment. It began as a class project by the 1995 graduating class of Leadership Ypsilanti, an experiential learning program sponsored by the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, and is now sponsored by the A2Y Chamber Foundation.
E3 Award Program
The purpose of this program is to promote business and community growth and development by promoting educational programs designed to strengthen and expand the skill level and income potential of all within the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. This program recognizes educational programs and/or educators in the local K-12 schools (Ann Arbor, Lincoln, Willow Run, & Ypsilanti) that deserve to be emulated in other K-12 schools.
Business-Education Honor Roll
The purpose of this program is to create a better understanding and appreciation of the importance of business people working hand-in-hand with your educational community toward a better understanding of that community. This program recognizes Chamber members that have formed at least one of the following business-education partnerships: (1) release employees with pay for a minimum of 8-hours per year to volunteer in the K-12 schools and/or participate in the various school-to-work programs available. (2) host students in their company through a job shadowing or internship program. (3) contribute cash or in-kind supplies to K-12 schools.