June 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Former Detroit mayor Bing to announce youth program collaboration

Former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is set Wednesday to announce what he is calling one of the largest youth collaborations in the citys history, officials said.

The announcement is scheduled during a 2 p.m. news conference at the UAW-Ford National Program Center, 151 W. Jefferson, Detroit, according to a statement Tuesday from his spokesman.

Bing was expected to be joined by Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin, UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles and former NBA and NFL players, the statement said.

The collaborative brings together schools, businesses, labor, professional athletes, police officers and youth organizations in an unprecedented effort to save our children, the release read.

Before leaving office, Bing told The Detroit News for a story in December that he wanted to stay involved with mentoring young African-American men in the city.

Ive got a story to tell them and its not just a story; its true. Its life, he said at the time. I want to be able to share that with these young men to see (if) I can get their heads and heart in the right place.