Toson Knight is the Deputy District Manager for the City of Detroit Mayors Office and the President and Founder of a mentoring program called Caught Up. Caught Up Mentoring is now in two Detroit High Schools and three juvenile centers--working with over 300 youth each year across Detroit. For the city of Detroit, Knight is responsible for working with community organizations, businesses, and religious groups on fighting blight, lowering crime, and handling citizen complaints. He is helping to bridge the gap between the at-risk youth population in Detroit and positive community members by using innovative initiatives to cultivate relationships with students.

Knight has served two consecutive years as President of the Student Body Government, featured in B.L.A.C. magazine, and recognized by Operation Reach Back. He graduated with a B.A. in History Education from Oakwood University.

“Civic Engagement was instilled to me during my tenure at Oakwood University which is an HBCU located in Huntsville, AL,” Knight said. “Every day our professors, administrators, and staff members were intentional on teaching my classmates and me the importance of giving back. Our school motto is Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve. I begin to volunteer at Oakwood and continued doing so when I returned home to Detroit. A major part of me deciding to come back to Detroit and not explore opportunities elsewhere is because I wanted to give back and be involved in helping youth.”

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