Christine Bell, LMSW is a community and youth development practitioner, teacher and mentor with 18 years of experience, 16 of those years have been in Detroit neighborhoods. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. She was the architect of 9 high quality youth development programs including the Southwest Detroit Mural Arts Project as well as has been a leader in efforts focused on education and youth driven community development. Ms. Bell led UNI in collective impact efforts including co-founding Every School Day Counts Detroit, a multi sector effort to decrease chronic absence. She brings to this project important leadership and strong connections to youth and families in Springwells based on a decade of relationship building and leadership in the neighborhood. She is an adjunct professor at Madonna University in the social work department. Ms. Bell holds a Bachelors in Social Work from Michigan State University (2001) and a Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University (2006). Most importantly, Ms. Bell is a wife and mother to three beautiful children, Louis (6), Quintin (4), and Emersyn (2).