The Ascend Foundation T.R.U.T.H Youth Coalition being honored at the Michigan State Capital in 2020
The children of the Clarence E. Phillips Ascend Foundation T.R.U.T.H Youth Coalition being honored at the Michigan State Capital by the: Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan State Senate as well as Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist. These children were blessed and humbled to be acknowledged for the countless acts of service that they give to the community of Pontiac. Their battle against substance abuse in the schools as well as the neighborhoods is one that is beyond worthy of praise. Their tenacity has been noticed on the highest level of government and we as an organization is beyond GRATEFUL!!! Special Thank You goes out to State Representative Brenda Carter for your unyielding passion for children and their development.
2020 Ascend Foundation T.R.U.T.H Youth Coalition Mini-Doc: The HONORED Road to the Michigan Capital
This video documentary covers our kids receiving one of the HIGHEST HONORS imaginable at the Michigan State Capital and their journey. It takes you inside the thoughts and passion of our youth as they tell it through their eyes. These kids give to this community and county tirelessly to change the negative dynamic that plagues this city. They have launched this fight against substance abuse which is that of LEGEND!!! Once Again, anyone from Pontiac or just a lover of kids, if this doesn't cut to your soul...I swear, I would have to question if you have a heartbeat. DISCLAIMER....This one will have you: smiling, laughing and crying all in one 9 minute roller coaster but ultimately.....I HOPE IT MAKES YOU ALL PROUD!!!
2018 Ascend Foundation Kids Night of the Stars Program Scholarship Recipients
This year we at the Clarence E. Phillips Ascend Foundation PROUDLY presented $128,000 in scholarships away to a multitude of young scholars. At this event, we gave away and presented 70% of our scholarships to these deserving children. The other 30% was given away through other deserving programs.
Kaino Philllips/Ascend Foundation Fox 2 Interview for 2018 Mission 2 Feed 3000 Homeless Initiative
This Interview captured the extensive work that the Clarence E. Phillips Ascend Foundation does annually as well as talks about our 7th Annual Paying It Forward for the Holiday's Initiative in which we collaborate with a multitude of corporations and service organizations.
2016 FSSA/Ascend Foundation Dominican Republic Mission Trip/ Kaino Phillips
FSSA & Ascend Foundation along with some other corporate sponsors and philanthropist came together for our 5th year of providing food to some desolate mountain regions in the Dominican and building water wells for villages that don't have access to fresh running water.
Pontiac School District - Partners in Action Kaino Phillips 4 14 2015
Mr. Kaino Phillips is a Pontiac product born and raised. He is the son of the late Mayor Clarence Phillips and Life Long educator, Lorene Phillips. After attending and graduating from Pontiac Northern High School, Kaino took his educational endeavors down to Grambling State University in Louisiana where he matriculated in the educational concentration of Pre-Law (Political Science and Mass Communications). It was during that duration where he catapulted into multiple leadership roles: President of the Student Affairs Commission, President of the Student Senate, Student President of Judicial as well as the Student Government Association Vice President to name a few. Upon graduating, he returned to Michigan where he continued his passion for change and upliftment. He did that by engaging in multiple leadership roles within numerous organizations within the walls of his community. These positions past and present include: Executive Mentor with the Youth Challenge Academy of Michigan, Mayoral Transitional Board, Graduate Advisor at Oakland University, Executive Board Member for The Young Adults for Change, Graduate Advisor for the Pan Hellenic Council at Oakland University , Executive Board Member of the Pan Hellenic Council as well as the Director of Membership Intake for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. to name a few. The one involvement that he prides himself on most is his many years of being a Motivational Speaker. Professionally, he has been in the field of corporate sales and management for close to 19 years. Engaging the youth has always been the pinnacle of his passion, Kaino lives by the belief that, “You shouldn’t complain about a problem unless you are willing to engage the problem.” “If you choose not to take actions then you have cast yourself in the role of an enabler and you forfeit your right to complain.” “Embrace your gifts and use them to make a difference.”
Kaino Phillips of the Clearance Phillips Ascend foundation talks about holiday charity. Project goin
Kaino Phillips of the Clearance Phillips Ascend foundation talks about holiday charity. Project going for two years By: John Turk - Police, Oakland County Board of Commissioners and general assignment reporter for The Oakland Press. Check the touts. Published on: December 21, 2014 Source: http://www.tout.com/m/0yxf4g
The Legacy of Clarence E. Phillips Video
Former Mayor Clarence E. Phillips was born, raised and received his formal education in the city of Pontiac. He was a graduate of Pontiac Central High School. He was married to Lorene Phillips and had two sons, Kaino and Damani. Mayor Phillips served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force and is a Vietnam era veteran. His military record includes service of 10 years in the air force reserve as a human relations instructor. He was a graduate of the department of defense equal opportunity and management institute. He earned Associates in Arts degree from Oakland Community College, a B.A. in Sociology/Psychology from Oakland University and a B.A. in Secondary Education from Oakland University. Now retired, he taught for 25 years in the Oak Park School District. For seven of those years was director of the Alternative Education Center in Oak Park. His political background includes being a John F. Kennedy alumnus at Harvard University, 3 times elected to the Pontiac City Council, 3 years served as President of the Pontiac City Council, served on the city of Pontiac planning commission for 14 years. He was elected 3 times to the Michigan House of Representatives where he served on the House Appropriations Committee and in 2005 was elected mayor of the city of Pontiac. He served as mayor until 2009. Clarence Phillips was a member of the Oakland County Veterans group, Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion Post 20, and Kiwanis Club. He volunteered 25 years with the Pontiac schools’ athletic programs, serving as stadium public address announcer for the PCH/PNH football games, coached softball/baseball for 15 years and organizeda city wide free law fair. Additionally, he created the concept for the newly built Veterans Memorial in Pontiac, organized the Old Timers Annual Summer Picnic, the Pontiac Center Reunion and created the Annual Metro-Michigan High School Jazz Band Competition for high schools all over the state of Michigan. He was the recipient of numerous awards including the LCLAA Cesar E. Chavez Humanitarian Award, Lakeside Achievement Award, the Black History Month Service Award, the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition Award, the OCC Alumni of the Year Award, the American Legion’s Americanism Medal (highest award), and created "Community Perspectives ", a public service program on the state level generated out of the Capitol Building in Lansing for local cable television to name a few. His life's mission was to give all of himself for a purpose so much greater then ones existence. He did that until the day he left this world.