Ta'Nesa Blakely
Community School Director
Neithercut Elementary School (K-6)

2010 Crestbrook Ln, Flint, MI 48507
Phone: 810-238-6228 | Email:

Ta’Nesa Blakely was born in Flint, MI. Growing up she attended Doyle Ryder elementary, McKinnely and Longfellow Middle School, and Northern High School where she graduated. She is a great example of what a student from the Flint Community Schools can grow up to be. She went on to continue her education and graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint where she received a Bachelors Degree in Social Work.

Ta’Nesa’s family, like many families faced some hardships and challenges as a former Foster Youth growing up. She participated and served in many community organizations such as Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Initiative starting as a student in the program to being a Mentor, for High School and College students an she became an Advocate for the Foster Youth. She was also a Program Associate for the Urban Young Life Outreach Youth Ministries for High School age students. Ta’Nesa has volunteered for countless organizations in the city of Flint, the Community Coalition United Way Youth Advisory Council, Greater Flint Youth Leadership, Teen Success, Investing in Youth Futures Program (IYF). Without these programs in the community; youth like Ta’Nesa may not have had an opportunity to succeed and grow.

Ta’Nesa Blakely has worked for other Community Organizations like Families Together Building Solutions (FTBS) as a Case Manager, a long-term substitute teacher for Northridge Academy, 21st Century and YouthQuest Afterschool programs, and Flint Community Schools. Being a part of these organizations Ta’Nesa was given the privilege to have Mentors and Teachers who have impacted her life. These people have helped to cultivate her to be the young professional woman she has become.

Ta’Nesa has developed a heart for her city as she watched the city of Flint transform to what it has become today. While experiencing these changes, she has developed a passion to be an advocate for everyone in her community. Her vision is to provide a safe, fun and engaging educational opportunities that will build the individual person as well as building a strong community for the present and future.

Community Health Worker

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The Flint Community Education Initiative provides a wide range of programs designed to help both adults and youth learn and grow. For a full list of programs taking place at Neithercut click here.