The Youth Connection is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Southeast Michigan connecting youth to a brighter future. We are committed to providing high-quality youth programs, advocacy and supportive services. We connect youth, young adults and their families to resources and opportunities that enrich their lives, with special attention to those who are underserved.
The Youth Connection would like to thank all of the people who came out to support us at our 2014 Chiefs Cooking for Kids event on October 2nd! Everybody had a great time enjoying good food, good friends and an old-fashioned cook-off style competition. Congratulations to Andrew Arena, the Executive Director of The Detroit Crime Commission, who took home the honors of 2014's Chief Chef!
See the video below for highlights on our amazing night!
The Youth Connection's 2014 DNR Summer Program video highlights the outstanding work and activities our youth engaged in over the summer. Check it out!
The Youth Connection's 5th Annual Boo Walk will be held inside the St. John Conner Creek Village/Kindred Hospital building at 4777 E. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48234 this Saturday from Noon - 4:00pm. (On E. Outer Drive just east of Van Dyke in between 8 Mile Road and 7 Mile Road).
The event will be free to the public (Halloween costumes are encouraged for parents and kids) and will feature a walkway in the basement of the hospital where children can receive healthy snacks (fruit, granola bars, vegetables, and water), free giveaways to encourage physical activity (jump ropes and hula hoops) and candy, which will be available by visiting our resident ghoul along the way. There will also be a craft table with kid-friendly Halloween projects led by Arts and Scraps and information on family-friendly exercise and nutrition available.
The Event is a part of The Youth Connection’s I2D2 Campaign – an effort to increase fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity and decrease intake of sweetened beverages and screen time for children 6-12 years old and their parents in the Osborn Community of Detroit.
Sponsors of the 5th Annual Osborn Community Boo Walk include the The Parade Company, Molina Healthcare, and St. John Providence Health System.
The Youth Connection had the opportunity to be featured in a video project for a local undergrad student, Paul Taylor. After a day of filming, Paul put together this short promotional video for The Youth Connection. We think he did a fantastic job and are ecstatic with how it turned out. Thank you, Paul! If you would like to reach out to Paul, you can follow him on Twitter @PaulTaylorFilms and on Youtube!
Jose Pelcastre-Herman, a fourth-grader at Bennett Elementary, received a prize for winning Detroit Public Schools' 2014 African American World History Pacesetters contest. Jose received a Kindle eReader, donated by The Youth Connection for the contest, for his efforts.
The purpose of the Pacesetters contest was to increase and assess students’ knowledge of the contributions made by African American pacesetters through the reading of biographies, autobiographies and African American Literature. Students who participated increased their knowledge of African American contributions to the world and improved their reading comprehension of informational text and narrative text.
The Youth Connection is a proud supporter of Detroit Public Schools and congratulates Jose on his success! Way to go!
The Youth Connection partnered with the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to create the 2013 DNR Summer Program. 120 youth were given career training, workplace seminars, and a PAID internship in an outdoor career this past summer. Check out the video below to see how our youth got to experience a "Pure Michigan" summer...
The Youth Connection is All in for Belle Isle! We were invited to a press conference in December 2013 that highlighted the future plans of Belle Isle and the work that our youth completed on the Oxbow Comfort Station during November and December. Our youth took a closed comfort station and, with support and guidance from master plumbers, electricians, and painters, installed a new water heater, completely renovated the inside of the comfort station, installed new, working toilets, and painted the walls. The youth also did some light landscaping that made the comfort station usable for visitors to the island. Below is a few news clips from media coverage of the event.
Check out our Events page to find out information and photos of prior events and what we are organizing in the near future.