The Power of Language in Youth Advocacy

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Last week, we had the privilege and opportunity to join forces with the Community Foundation for Southeast to host On the Table, a community dialogue about what we hope to see for our youth, with our office partners and dear friends at Bamboo Detroit.  And we didn’t do this alone--we were part of a greater collective of over 400 organizations and community leaders hosting these conversations across seven counties in Southeast Michigan.

Forty community members and youth advocates joined us for lunch at On the Table. What brought them here? We asked this question as they walked into the cafe--asking each attendee to share this in one word on a whiteboard. Kids...Equity...Love...Hope...Community. Some were retired educators; others were working in our schools with youth today. Non-profit leaders, foundation staff, and corporate professionals committed to responsibly contributing to education...they were all around the table.

One of these people was Mary--a community advocate who has been in this work for decades. Mary engaged us in a powerful exercise that asked us not what we want to see for youth, but to speak as if we are ten years in the future.  She encouraged us to claim and affirm what we see in the year 2027 for youth across our region. There was an instant shift in body language, tone, the air of the room. It was one of hope, one of conviction, one of belief. Participants spoke of collaboration and equity, a region where all children are thriving, happy, and healthy. Some even shared that they hadn’t considered reaching this place, yet speaking as if it is, put them in a different space--and that is what our youth need, a community that believes in them and acts accordingly.

We wanted to be sure our participants walked away with tangible action--and we want to share this with you, as well. We identified some of these in advance and community members who join us shared, as well:

  • What is the area you want to focus on to serve our youth? If you had $1,000 handed to you today, what would you do to get started or continue that work? The Awesome Foundation wants to know! Click here to learn more about this organization and to apply today.
  • Vote! Our legislation and policies that we have a voting right in impact our community, our youth, and our lives as a whole. Don’t stand by idly.
    • In Michigan, you can register to vote by mail and in person by submitting a completed State of Michigan Voter Registration Application (Form ED-121) to your city or township clerk.
    • Vote on Thursday November 7th! The following elections will be taking place for Michigan:
      • Michigan House of Representatives District 1 (General)
      • Michigan House of Representatives District 109 (General)
      • Detroit (General)
      • Flint (Recall)
      • Jackson (Recall)

County and municipal elections are taking place across Michigan as well. Find more information about your ballot here.

  • Click here to learn more and stay engaged with On the Table.

We are deeply grateful for those who joined us at On the Table, for those who joined other On the Tables last week, and for all who are doing work in service of our youth in our region each day.

How Are You Using Convenings to Meet Your Q4 Goals?

A commitment to and partnership with community and community-based organizations are part of our DNA here at Hampton Consulting. Any and all who are in community-driven work (whether an educator, a non-profit program manager, or the CEO of a foundation) or connected to community in any way know what a busy time of year we are in right now! The school year is here, we are in the last quarter of the year (time is flying and there is so much to be done!), planning for fiscal year 2018 is here, and more.


Through all of this,  we are knee-deep here at Hampton Consulting in planning a number of convenings in Detroit as well as other parts of the country.  A question to ponder: Are convenings in your fourth quarter plan? What about your 2018 calendar of engagement?

  • Convening power is priceless and its value is infinite. Not just anyone can convene a collective. It’s even tougher to convene and make progress toward a given goal—versus just getting together for conversation and debate or purely surface level entertainment. If you have convening power, how are you using it to reach your goals? If you do not have convening power, who are you collaborating with and leveraging to make this happen?
  • Convenings can accomplish more in 4 hours or a couple days than in a month. There is something about creating a space for people to be present, focus, and physically come together that leads to a 15-minute conversation with that person you’ve been playing phone tag with for weeks or aren’t scheduled to meet with for another month. A 15-minute conversation in a place of convening can get more accomplished than a 4-hour meeting in the midst of a day full of other stuff. Can you think of a conference or convening you’ve been at where you accomplished more in that time than you felt you had in a month...or a quarter? How do you make this happen on a consistent basis?

  • What happens after convening is just as important, if not more, than what actually happens at the convening. Depending on the type of convening and your vision/goals for the space, the follow-up, next steps, and future benchmark touchpoints may be even more important. Do you need a convening catalyst to launch a major project or initiative? To re-spark productivity or collaboration? To what end should this convening be and how do you continue the momentum from this space?

As you think through the power of convenings and how you are hosting or engaging in these spaces to further your purpose and goals, consider Hampton Consulting as a capacity-building partner--whether in a design capacity, as an execution leader, or both. We’d love to connect and partner with your mission-driven organization!


Client Feature: New Paradigm for Education

Photo courtesy of New Paradigm for Education. 

Photo courtesy of New Paradigm for Education. 

We are proud to be working with New Paradigm for Education (NPFE) to staff their district for the 2017-2018 school year, as well as build and grow additional talent infrastructure and partnerships. NPFE operates seven school campuses throughout the City of Detroit and specializes in maximizing student learning potential through proven educational practices. Their schools offer a new educational paradigm evident by increased student achievement, fiscal responsibility, and community support.

As part of this effort, Hampton Consulting has engaged and recruited nearly 1,000 candidates by:  

  • Developing a strategic recruitment plan
  • Engaging several partners and creating pipelines of educators

  • Meeting 1:1 with over 100 potential candidates

  • Coordinating a hiring fair that engaged all principals and leadership across the district, including a “one-stop shop” interview experience for candidates (first and second interviews, as well as conditional contract signings for qualified candidates)

  • Utilizing a variety of strategic recruitment platforms, including various online job boards, social media, direct contacts, and more, resulting in applications from throughout Michigan and as far away as New York and Florida

Photo courtesy of New Paradigm for Education. 

Photo courtesy of New Paradigm for Education. 

As districts and schools wrap-up recruitment, we wanted to share some recruitment tips that have been invaluable:

  1. While innovation is great, strong execution is key.

  2. Leverage your network--this includes your greatest assets: your existing staff.

  3. Cast your net wide. One strategy will not get you fully staffed, yet multiple strategies being simultaneously executed strongly, will.

In our last week of the hiring season for the 2017-2018 academic year, consider joining NPFE! If you’d like to join the NPFE team, we do have a few classroom roles still available! Email adague@npfeschools with your resume and a copy of your Michigan Teaching Certificate to apply today!  

Photo courtesy of New Paradigm for Education. 

Photo courtesy of New Paradigm for Education. 

Hampton Consulting is one of the Midwest's premier consulting firms specifically catering to mission-driven clientele. We offer our clients best-in-class consultation and execution services, specifically by offering expertise in the following areas:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Education (PreK-12 and Higher Education)

  • Leadership Development and Performance Management

  • Operations Optimization

  • Recruitment (with additional expertise in Diversity Recruitment)

Hampton Consulting is thrilled to announce our newest addition to our staff!

Hampton Consulting is thrilled to announce our newest addition to our staff! Join us in welcoming Senior Consultant, Alaina Dague, to the Hampton Consulting team!

Alaina recently completed a national public policy fellowship. In this role, she coordinated the Proud Michigan Educator campaign—a state initiative to acknowledge, celebrate, and elevate the work of Michigan teachers—as well as additional policy work on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), focusing on parent and community engagement. Prior to her fellowship, Alaina taught middle school English here in Detroit for several years. “I feel especially privileged to have been able to loop throughout middle school with my students. This experience—being in the classroom every day with my students—reinforced my commitment to ensuring that all youth have access and opportunity.” While teaching, Alaina was recognized for her contributions to student growth with the Michigan Association of Public School Academics’ Quantum Leap Award. “This award was and is a testament to the work of my students throughout the school year—as holistic, intelligent, amazing students.”

Alaina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Alma College and also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. In addition, she serves as Vice Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network-Detroit, is a member of the Executive Team of the Detroit Young Professionals, and is active in the Junior League of Detroit. 

More Than 300 Detroit Youth Hired at Career Connections Fair!

Hampton Consulting deeply believes in holistically and unapologetically serving our youth. For these reasons and beyond, we were honored to serve as an integral partner with United Way for Southeastern MichiganGrow Detroit's Young TalentDetroit Employment Solutions Corporation, and Mayor Duggan's Youth Subcommittee  to host the Career Connections Fair on Friday May 12, 2017.

The excitement began early Friday morning with volunteers and students arriving early--even a couple hours earlier for some of our youth--their parents were that excited! Engaging throughout the day, we had students, partners, employers, and  speaking to all that was brought to the table for our youth. Over 300 youth walked away with jobs from the Career Connections Fair! Our youth were prepared to succeed on the job--having tools to budget their money, balance their time, and rock their first day on the job (and beyond)! From a strong and authentic elevator pitch to being confident to leveraging social media in all the right ways--our youth (and even parents who attended with their youth) walked away that much more prepared to get the job! Furthermore, hundreds of youth walked away with questions, curiosity, and further interest in career pathways, more information about colleges and universities, as well as resources to support them along the way! This holistic effort, while tedious and intense, was all worth it--seeing our youth, partners, and employers!

Over the past week, we've run into youth and parents who attended, as well as partners and employers--they are still raving about the power and impact of the Career Connections Fair. Over the summer, hundreds of youth will continue to reap the benefits of the fair--serving as amazing employees with companies, organizations, and even school districts throughout the City of Detroit. 

A heartfelt thank you to each of our workshop facilitators, partners, and employers. Youth, congratulations on being hired and a round of applause for your engagement in your development as a young professional! 

Building Your Dream Team

Building Your Dream Team

Eighteen months ago, I left an extremely lucrative and fulfilling career to venture out on my own to launch Hampton Consulting, a mission-driven consulting firm. While the initial success of my company was driven by me*, it quickly became clear that the continued success of my company would be dependent on a team. Here are five things I have learned over the past year and a half about building your dream team. 

Detroit Young Professionals Features Hampton Consulting Founder and President

In December 2015, Detroit Young Professionals (DYP) featured our Founder and President, Chanel Hampton, celebrating her return home to Detroit and her launch of Hampton Consulting. A year later, DYP wanted to reconnect with Chanel to see how Hampton Consulting is doing, advice, and learned lessons. Founder and President Chanel Hampton sat down and connected with DYP to share. Check it out

Achieving Our Goals in 2017

Although January has come to close, we continue to feel energized by our 2017 goals. We are always reflecting on how we can best support our clients and partners in achieving their goals as well. 

Hampton Consulting is eager to further expand our mission-driven work this year and to keep partnering with organizations who are creating meaningful change throughout the region, state, and country. 

We have a plan for our goals and couldn't be more excited! 

We have a plan for our goals and couldn't be more excited! 

Entrepreneur Media, Inc. has some great tips on how to Make 2017 Your YearWe love the book recommendations. What about you? 

A School of Joy: Highland Park Renaissance Academy

From kangaroos and other visiting Urban Zoo animals, to holistically educating students and supporting all of their needs, to keeping the dream alive...This is what the work of Hampton Consulting is all about. We were honored to visit Highland Park Renaissance Academy earlier this week and are thrilled to continue uplifting the incredible work of this school and of so many other mission-driven partners who impact our community. 

On Helping Others Achieve Success

Here at Hampton Consulting, we are deeply committed to supporting the goals of our mission-driven clientele. We bring passion, excellence, and integrity to our everyday work and intentionally partner with organizations who do the same. Whether we're providing expertise in matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion; education; leadership development; operations optimization; or recruitment, Hampton Consulting knows that the ultimate value in our work is helping each client achieve their specific goals. 


Perhaps this is why Entrepreneur Magazine's recent article on achieving success by helping others resonates so strongly with us. The author reports, "I have been researching what it is [that people and organizations seek] beyond success. It is not just more success. I keep hearing the need for significance in the hundreds of interviews with amazing leaders and entrepreneurs." 

We've found signficance in our work helping others, and we completely agree. 

2017 - A Year of Continued Mission-Driven Impact

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Over the course of our first full year of operation, 2016, Hampton Consulting was humbled and honored to live out our vision and mission, ultimately offering best-in-class consultation and execution services which positively impacted (and continue to impact) the short- and long-term mission, productivity, and culture of our direct and indirect clients. We partnered with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) on the State Equity Plan, including creating, launching, and driving the Proud Michigan Educator Campaign. Our work with MDE serves all districts and public school entities across the entire state, all Michigan educators, and all 1.5 million students. We led parent/family workshops, Saturday Academies, and senior seminars with tens of families and 100 students in partnership with the University of Michigan’s GEAR UP Program throughout the year. We were ecstatic to serve the City of Detroit, my hometown, in leading recruitment, marketing, design, and engagement work with schools, districts, community organizations, youth, and leaders with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the City of Detroit, and Detroit Regional Chamber Commerce on the Boys and Young Men of Color Summit which engaged 2,765 boys and young men of color, as well as people who are committed to being part of their village, including 1,872 boys and young men of color, 272 volunteers, 298 partnership staff, and 174 additional community leaders. Over 350 young men walked away with jobs as a result of the summit. We worked extensively with an array of clients (even beyond those listed here), we hired twenty contractors and two specialist consultants, we were doing meaningful work and working alongside our clients to serve, impact, and strengthen communities and missions. In 2016, Hampton Consulting experienced tremendous opportunity and growth and contributed to impact beyond imagination.

In 2017, Hampton Consulting is focused on further actualizing and growing our mission-driven work and impact for our clients in Detroit, in Michigan, and nationally in our five key areas of expertise:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Education (PreK-12 and Higher Education)
  • Leadership Development and Performance Management
  • Operations Optimization
  • Recruitment (with additional expertise in Diversity Recruitment)

As the Founder and President of Hampton Consulting, I am proud and humbled to lead this work and to be a servant leader. To all of our clients, we thank you for trusting us with your missions. To all of our supporters and communities we work with and in (in myriad ways), this work would not be possible without you.

We are ecstatic as we embark on our second full year journey as Hampton Consulting—cheers to mission-driven work and meaningful, positive impact!

Chanel Hampton
Founder and President, Hampton Consulting

There's Still Time to Register!

Are you a young man of color looking for a job? Do you know someone who is? There's still time to register for the Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit taking place THIS Monday, November 14th from 9 AM - 3 PM at Cobo Hall. Any young man of color interested in a new career opportunity needs to be there! 

There will be hundreds of jobs hiring on-the-spot, barbers available onsite, a "tie bar" offering free ties, and professional resume and interviewing resources! Transportation can be made available if you need it, and food and beverages will be provided during the summit. There will also be community, social support, and legal support services onsite, as well as countless other community organizations and employers who are eager to meet Detroit's young men of color. 

Register today--it only takes 2 minutes! When asked, say the Campaign for Black Male Achievement invited you.

See you there! 

Welcoming our Newest Consultants!

Hampton Consulting is thrilled to introduce our two newest Specialist Consultants: Alaina Dague and Kayla Roney Smith! They recently joined the team to support our work with the Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit, working with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the City of Detroit, and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to seeing the impact of their work at the summit and beyond!  

Learn more about Alaina and Kayla below: 


Kayla has spent four years as Executive Director of the Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network, an organization dedicated to community development through increased educational attainment. Previously, Kayla served as a College Advising Corps member and a program coordinator for the Lansing-based Todd Martin Youth Leadership.  Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University and will graduate in December with a Master of Social Work degree in Social Policy and Evaluation from the University of Michigan, where she was named a Community-Based Initiative Scholar.  For her college access work, Kayla was recently honored by Crain's Detroit Business as one of metro Detroit’s “20 in their 20s”.  Outside of work, Kayla holds leadership positions in Detroit Young Professionals, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Detroit Chapter, the Junior League of Detroit, the Michigan Council of Junior Leagues State Public Affairs Committee, and the New Paradigm College Prep Board of Education.  

Alaina is currently completing a national public policy fellowship with Leadership for Educational Equity at the Michigan Department of Education. Prior to this, she taught middle school English in Detroit; she was recognized for her contributions to student growth with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies' Quantum Leap Award. Alaina previously served as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Alma College Service Learning team, where her efforts were acknowledged by the Michigan Campus Compact's Outstanding Community Impact and Heart and Soul awards. She holds a Master of Arts in educational studies from the University of Michigan as well as Bachelor of Arts in political science from Alma College. In addition, she serves in a leadership role in the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Detroit Chapter. 

Welcome to the team, Kayla and Alaina! 

Join us on the Karen Dumas Show - live TODAY at 4:30 pM!

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Hampton Consulting is proud to partner with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) and the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance in hosting the Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit in Detroit on Monday November 14th.

Interested in more information? Join Chanel Hampton, President and Founder of Hampton Consulting; Robert W. Simmons III, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for CBMA; and Frank McGhee, program director at Detroit-based Neighborhood Service Organization, live on the Karen Domus Show tomorrow at 4:30 pm. Listen at AM910 or stream the show online for a conversation about the Summit.

We're looking forward to sharing more about this exciting opportunity with you! 

Hampton Consulting is partnering with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement! Tune in Saturday morning to learn more!

Hampton Consulting is proud to partner with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) and the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance in hosting the Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit in Detroit on Monday November 14th. This event will provide young men of color with opportunities to interview with employers for on-the-spot hiring, access community resources and social services, and participate in career preparation and leadership development training.

Interested in more information? Join Chanel Hampton, President and Founder of Hampton Consulting, and Robert W. Simmons III, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for CBMA, live on the William Malcolm Morning Show this Saturday, November 5th at 10am. Listen at AM1500 WLQV or stream the show online. We’re looking forward to sharing more about this exciting opportunity with you! 

The New Home of Hampton Consulting

We are thrilled to announce that, as a result of Hampton Consulting's rapid growth over the past year, we are moving to Bamboo Detroit! The vision around diversity, equity, and inclusion that Amanda Lewan, the CEO and Founder, has for this space and community is something we are thrilled to be a part of. Bamboo Detroit will soon be expanding into the Julian C. Madison Building (located at 1420 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226) and Hampton Consulting will be moving with them! (Our mailing address will, however, remain the same until we move into this new space in the Madison Building.) We are excited to see you at Bamboo, #Detroit!