Program Leadership

Anna Balzer, Program Director


Anna has served with EcoWorks and the Youth Energy Squad since 2014, when she served as an AmeriCorps Green School Coordinator. Her work with YES has given her invaluable experience in project management, youth voice and community-based sustainable change.


Anna is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Environmental Studies. Originally from Perrysburg, Ohio, she has served as the YES Program Manager for the past three  years.


Anna is excited to pair her passion for community sustainability with the boundless energy and passion of the AmeriCorps Green School Coordinators to support the next generation of green leaders in Detroit. 

Josh Musicant, STEM and Career Coordinator


Josh is beginning his third year serving with the Youth Energy Squad. This is his first year as STEM and Career Development Coordinator, following two years serving as a Green School Coordinator. Josh cherishes all the time he gets to work alongside youth in Detroit, in particular the youth he partners with at Hope Park across from Cody High School.


Josh is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Women’s Studies. He loves to read, have fun for fun’s sake, and moderate nonpersonal debates between students.


Josh sees the mission of the Youth Energy Squad as integral to the survival of the planet and the long-term health of all communities worldwide and feels grateful for the privilege of seeing young Detroiters grow and seek the justice the planet and the people on it require.

AmeriCorps Green School Coordinators 

 Eradajere Oleita 
 Keem King 
Makala Conner
Jayme Ham
Janisa Nelson
Zoe Dodd
Logan Applebee
Sydney Thomas

Zerah Hernandez Vazquez 

Zavon Eichelberger

Valeriya Epshteyn

Mekiah Austin 

Ricki Nicholson


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22400 West 7 Mile Rd

Detroit, MI 48219

Tel: 248.228.7208


Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm

​Friday 8:30am-3:30pm