Detroit’s Life Directions Promotes Annette Howard to Director of Training

Annette Howard
Annette Howard // Photo courtesy of Life Directions

Detroit’s Life Directions, an organization that provides skills and motivation for young adults ages 13 to 35, has promoted Annette Howard to director of training. In this new role, she will supervise and manage programs and oversee training.

“Annette is integral to the operation of our organization and its success,” says Rev. John Phelps, president and CEO of Life Directions. “We are pleased to promote her to this important position.”

In 2013, Howard began her career with the organization as program manager. During her time at Life Directions, she helped implement several programs including the Peer Motivation and Peer Mentor programs for middle and high school students, the Summer Youth Employment Program, and the Neighborhood Enrichment Multi-Cultural, Intergenerational programs.

“Annette is dedicated to peacebuilding and eradicating the causes of violence in Detroit,” says Phelps. “She has been instrumental in promoting racial equality and healing.”

Howard is a retired state of Michigan probation officer and has worked in both adult and juvenile sectors. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Detroit and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Ashland University. She also attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Education Project Zero Classroom and received restorative justice training through Michigan State University and the International Institute of Restorative Practices.

More than 170,000 young adults have participated in Life Directions since its inception in 1973.