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About Billy

Billy Amen has coached, mentored, and uplifted kids in the Dearborn Public School District for near 20 years. A Dearborn native, the Amens go back at three generations as proud Dearborn Public Schools alumni. Having served over two decades as HYPE’s operations and engagement director–along with being a high-school coach, a substance abuse mentor, and a community organizer–Billy has a unique and direct relationship with our youth and the challenges they face both inside and outside of the classroom.

Vision & Mission

Education, being a social institution serving the needs of society, is indispensable for society to survive and thrive. It should be not only comprehensive, sustainable, and superb, but must continuously evolve to meet the challenges of the fast-changing and unpredictable globalized world. The blended classroom is something I didn’t grow up with – but it’s something we’re all living with today. A physical classroom-online classroom mix is allowing students a fresh approach to use additional resources and tools on their own pace, while giving parents access to their child’s workload and performance to be an involved and supportive part of the learning cycle. But innovation is nothing without equity. Our children need an array of new supplies like textbooks, updated and proper classroom technology, and the 21st century tools which will allow them to succeed in our 21st century world.

Platform

Billy Amen has coached, mentored, and uplifted kids in the Dearborn Public School District for near 20 years. A Dearborn native, the Amens go back at three generations as proud Dearborn Public Schools alumni. Having served over two decades as HYPE’s operations and engagement director–along with being a high-school coach, a substance abuse mentor, and a community organizer–Billy has a unique and direct relationship with our youth and the challenges they face both inside and outside of the classroom. Together, we will continue to strengthen the foundation of learning by uniting as students, teachers, families, and community.

School counselors, originally known as guidance counselors, were first primarily responsible for facilitating students’ career development. Today, the role has drastically changed, and our schools are in need of professionals to allow us the foresight to identify student troubles and work to intervene early, setting up our children for success inside and outside of the classroom. The duties of school counselors will include:
Providing instruction on psychological and social issues. School counselors provide information to students about bullying, how to best handle life at school, or offer seminars on study skills.
Vocational guidance. Many school counselors help students prepare for college or select careers.
Counseling. School counselors often help students mediate conflicts with their peers, teachers, or parents. Many school counselors also provide therapy and counseling services to students during school hours.
Early intervention. School counselors receive training about learning difficulties and psychological concerns that commonly manifest in children and adolescents. They may also provide referrals, recommendations, and education to parents about mental health concerns.
Special needs services. Counselors often help special needs students integrate into classrooms and may oversee programs that address requirements for students with special needs or learning difficulties.

The safety and security of our children is non-negotiable; Children should be in school to concentrate on learning, and our teachers able to focus on teaching. A healthy, productive learning environment should be our top priority, and school safety strategies must balance physical and psychological safety measures. Effective school safety efforts require a comprehensive, whole-school approach which I will always consult the community and law enforcement to be best equipped. Also, school mental health services are essential to creating and sustaining safe schools. School mental health supports that encompass social-emotional learning, mental wellness, resilience, and positive connections between students and adults are essential to creating a school culture in which students feel safe and empowered to report safety concerns, which is proven to be among the most effective school safety strategies. Finally, our schools need school safety and crisis plans that are consistently reviewed and practiced.

Education, being a social institution serving the needs of society, is indispensable for society to survive and thrive. It should be not only comprehensive, sustainable, and superb, but must continuously evolve to meet the challenges of the fast-changing and unpredictable globalized world. The blended classroom is something I didn’t grow up with – but it’s something we’re all living with today. A physical classroom-online classroom mix is allowing students a fresh approach to use additional resources and tools on their own pace, while giving parents access to their child’s workload and performance to be an involved and supportive part of the learning cycle. But innovation is nothing without equity. Our children need an array of new supplies like textbooks, updated and proper classroom technology, and the 21st century tools which will allow them to succeed in our 21st century world.

Education is more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. It can be drawing, painting, and sculpting, too. Many of our schools view arts education as secondary, ignoring the benefits of combining smarts with creativity. The arts need to be front and center in education—taught in their own right to enable students to experience the range and nuance of meaning making across artistic disciplines. This is an essential priority, for the research is undeniable that arts learning may enrich and expand students’ experience, growth, and productivity across the curricula. The arts must be featured in our schools so that we can have more artists among us; An arts education provides us with a service that cannot be performed by machines: the creation of culture. And these new artists must also be featured so that we can have more of them among us guiding national policy, running businesses, breaking boundaries in science, medicine, education, and technology. As parents, students, teachers, administrators, community leaders, and policymakers, we need to propel them toward their full human potential.

Education about substance abuse is an important part of helping individuals understand the many aspects of this topic. What substance abuse is; warning signs of addiction; information about how specific drugs affect the mind and body; the consequences that addiction can have on one’s physical and mental health, family, relationships, and other areas of functioning; and how and why substances are abused. We need to talk about the root causes . Our children and our schools fight a battle against substance abuse every day, and we all need to be on the front lines with them. This could also include counseling education, which helps everyone involved—from the person abusing substances to family and friends. Studies have shown that substance abuse prevention programs are effective and have been shown to significantly reduce substance abuse behaviors, including use of nicotine, alcohol, and drugs. It is especially important to include substance abuse education and prevention in schools, because they can help students avoid trying substances and reduce the risk of developing a substance use disorder later in life.

A voice to be heard!

Join and support me to make our School district a better place for our kids. Let’s make these changes together!

People's Voice

Ayah N.

Billy, you have been the most amazing mentor, advocate, and friend I have ever come across in life. I will be there every step of the way supporting you, as you have done for me time and time again. I’m thankful for you and I guarantee thousands of other people in this community are as well. Good luck Billy, and may you continue succeeding in life.Ayah N.

Ali S.

Billy has dedicated his entire life serving the community. He will unequivocally be the best option for Dearborn Public School Board. His passion to serve is immeasurable.

Ali S.

Amane K.

When your dearest friends are passionate about education and advocates for the community, you know you’re winning! So proud of you!

Amane K.

Abed A.

So proud of my brother Billy for taking this step. This is a Voice we need on the Dearborn School Board. His work with the kids of Dearborn gives him the insight to make the right decisions. He will answer to the community, and that is what we need!

Abed A.

Moe Q.

Billy's heart is in this community! He has been giving back for as long as I can remember and he helps out everyone in his way. HYPE Athletics, the organization he co-founded, is the perfect example of a grassroots non-profit that keeps kids off the streets and builds a recreational atmosphere for young kids and people of all ages in this city.Moe Q.

Sue A.

My brother has given his personal and professional time & efforts to helping youth in Metro Detroit excel and prosper. He is committed, sincere and understands the needs of youth and educators. Vote for Billy!!!

Sue A.

Baker M.

Bilal Amen has been an advocate for the youth for as long as I can remember Dearborn. From after school activities to community programs to more -- Billy has always been a voice for the youth and never forgets to seek the opinion of the youth for whatever project is being brought up.Baker M.

Join The Movement!

Thankfully, throughout my entire adult life, I have been a fighter and an advocate for our children and our community. Having helped our children learn to use chalk in both the classroom as a mentor and in the gym as a coach, I hope to now advocate for our children and parents on the Dearborn School Board.

Together, we’ll build stronger schools for a stronger tomorrow.