Yolanda S. Charles

In 1968 my grandparents, a UAW man and an AFT woman, Lizzie and Henry Norwood decided to move to Southfield MI and they immediately got involved in shaping this community. My mother Deborah was one of the first African-American students to attend SHS. They were proud Southfield residents and that's what I grew up understanding. Let me tell you more...


Yolanda's History in the Community

Early Years

Yolanda Smith Charles was educated in the Southfield Public Schools pre-K through 12th grade. She attended Bussey, Kennedy Elem, Thompson Middle, and Southfield High School.

Her first jobs, during summer break, were through the city of Southfield. Yolanda worked at 46th District Court, Southfield Human Services and the Southfield Theatre Company to name a few.

Vice President of her class and a member of the Student Government, Yolanda is accustomed to fighting for the little guy.

Robert's Rules

A lifelong member of Greater New Mt Moriah M.B.C. Yolanda learned at an early age the importance of family, faith and fidelity. But also parliamentary procedure and Robert's Rules.

Growing up in a faithful home Yolanda learned to give back through work in the church MISSION where she packed boxes for those in need, visited with the sick, and encouraged the downtrodden.

Yolanda and her family have been long supporters of worthy causes such as World-Vision, Covenant House, Gleaners Food Bank, the Prision Ministry, Social Action and Community Development and many more.

Advocacy and Environment

Yolanda was awareded the Advocacy Skills Certificate from M.A.S.B but it wasn't by accident. She was deliberate about it because that's what she went to the job of Trustee to do... Advocate for Public Education.

It was in the late 2000's when Yolanda began volunteering with organizations like Hosteling International, Clean Water Action, and Sierra Club. Community Engagement is tantamount to our way of life and she believes this greatly.

Family and Fun

When Yolanda isn't cranking out code, mentoring in STEM, serving on the Board of Ed, or working in her church you can find her spending time with her husband Brian, there Boston Terrier Bella Amore, playing video games, watching MSNBC or golfing.

Yolanda plays the Cello, the Piano and loves to spend time in the garden her grandparents left in the Magnolia subdivision.

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