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Giddy-up with Detroit Horsepower

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Giddy-up with Detroit Horsepower

One of Jane's favorite past-times was riding horses when she was a kid growing up in Michigan. Imagine her delight when she was introduced to David Silver. David has taken his passion for horses and turned it into a magical opportunity to help children in Detroit. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Detroit Horsepower. What motivates Detroit Horsepower is opening new doors for young people in Detroit. You will be inspired to do more, be more and saddle up after listening to this empowered interview with David Silver from Detroit Horsepower on Voices of Vision!

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David_Silver_2_317406135.jpgDavid Silver is the founder and Executive Director of Detroit Horse Power, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that teaches at-risk urban youth valuable life lessons through riding and caring for horses. David grew up as a competitive horseback rider in Westchester, NY and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012. He moved to Detroit through Teach For America and taught 4th and 5th grade on the west side of Detroit from 2012-14. He received his Masters in the Art of Teaching from Oakland University in 2014.

David_Silver_906403058.jpgAfter two years of teaching, David decided to step outside the classroom to make the character skill building opportunities he had received through working with horses available to youth like his students. Now in its fourth year of operations, Detroit Horse Power has brought hundreds of students from the city to partnering horse barns outside Detroit for summer camps that emphasize the life lessons horses can teach us: confidence, perseverance, empathy, self-control, and responsible risk-taking. Programming now continues year-round with an after-school program, all while moving closer to the long-term goal of re-purposing vacant land within Detroit's city limits for a new urban equestrian center that will be home to accessible year-round youth programs and support stronger communities.


About Jane Asher:

Jane Asher is a natural connector, who got her start in the media world through radio in Michigan in 1980. She soon migrated west and has worked at legendary radio stations such as KTYD Santa Barbara, KGB, KSON and KIFM in San Diego. She was awarded the prestigious Marconi Award for her work at the Smooth Jazz station KIFM in 2005.

She researched, wrote, edited and produced the highly regarded and award-winning public affairs program San Diego Update. The Advertising Council recognized Jane for her continued commitment to effecting positive social change. While Jane's network continued to expand, so did her desire to grow her own business. She branched out into the world of voice over with a home studio in the 1990s. She is currently the voice of Cartier, Ferragamo and Michigan State University's program RELAX-Alternatives to Anger.

In 2010 her natural curiosity led her to expand her knowledge and business again, by including marketing and social media for businesses and non-profits. When anyone asks her what she does for a living she responds; "I connect inspired people with one another, especially those with a desire to help others." Helping to elevate other people is one of her personal passions.

Jane has been involved in many international missions. She is part of a team that has been building homes for the impoverished over the past five years in Tijuana. She has traveled to El Salvador to feed the homeless on a humanitarian mission in 2011. Recently, she traveled to Malaysia to help build a school on Borneo. She was so moved by her visit; upon her return, she raised money to pay for the education of thirteen children in a school in Keningau.

Her vast connections across all media platforms bring a wealth of passionate and empowered individuals to her show. If you are doing something to make this life experience more rewarding for others...she wants to talk to you.