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Founder - Virgil Philips

Virgil S. Phillips

Back in the early 80's, Virgil Phillips, a laid-off Chrysler assembly line worker, walked out into his neighborhood on Detroit's north-east side and saw kids -fatherless, poor, and with nothing to inspire them. Virgil approached the priest of St. Rita Catholic Church for access into their facilities to host after-school and weekend activities.Currently, REACH operates the program out of the Arab American Chaldean Youth Center (ACC). The program has evolved into the model after-school youth enrichment program. REACH serves 50-70 kids on a daily basis with after school meals, computer classes, tutoring, basketball, gymnastics, and more. Virgil Phillips has been the driving force for the past 30+ years in developing constructive programming for youth throughout the City of Detroit.



Founder - CEO

Professional Experience


1/2001 - Present Arab American Caldean Coucil – Communtiy Liason Detroit, MI

1/1979 - R.E.A.C.H. Youth Program – Founder/C.E.O. - Detroit, MI

8/2001-2006 Don Bosco - Activity/Youth Consultant Detroit, MI

8/1999-2005 City of Detroit Parks&Recreation – Activity/Youth Consultant Detroit, MI

3/2002 Pershing High School – After School Coordinator Detroit, MI

1/1993-9/2000 Wayne County Youth Assistance -11th PCT. Supervisor Detroit, MI

1982-1991 National Bank of Detroit – Information Services/Operations Processing


Community Service / Certifications


2003 High Scope Certification

2001 Ed McNamara Community Service Award - “Winning Ways”

2000 Archdiocese of Detroit Service Award - “I have a Dream”

1998 Joe Dumar Community Service Award

1994 WDIV “Go-4-It” Community Service Award

1993 United Way Community Service “Heart of Gold”

1991, 1995 City of Detroit “Spirit of Detroit” 

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