Quanna Fish is the Founder and CEO of Young Fathers Standing United; a 501 c3 organization that was formed in 2010. Mr. Fish is a Detroit native and father of two. He has been employed by Motor City Hotel & Casino for over nine years. Quanna is passionate about reducing the number of Metro Detroit children being raised without fathers. His organization’s mission is to educate, develop and support at-risk fathers under the age of 25.
Quanna discovered his passion working with at-risk black and brown males while employed as Youth Specialist at a local Detention center in 2004. Quanna was able to positively impact hundreds of young men passing through the system, ages 1-21. Quanna noticed a common pattern among all of the young males that confided in him, none of them had fathers or strong male figures in their lives! It was easy for Quanna to relate to many of the frustrations and disadvantages that many of the young males had faced. Quanna was also raised in a fatherless home and nearly fell victim to the negative outcomes that follow. he was a high school dropout, homeless, and sold drugs throughout the state of Michigan. He could have easily been in the same position those young males were in or worse; but by the grace of God he beat the odds!
Quanna was able to turn his life around, by obtaining his GED and attending Wayne County Community College for Criminal Justice. Quanna maintained a 3.7 GPA and obtained a certificate in Corrections, which eventually lead to him working in Juvenile Justice System.
Additionally, Quanna is a state certified HIV Prevention Specialist, QuickBooks Certified Specialist, and a certified 24/7 Dad Facilitator. Quanna is the winner of the 2013 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He also received Detroit Spirit Award from Detroit City Council in 2013. He was able to inspire hundreds of at-risk males passing through the system with the testimony of his life, giving them hope and direction. In return, those same at-risk males helped Quanna find his purpose and passion in life!