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 provide programs such as our Career Academies, Nutrition Education, Substance Abuse Prevention, and our Ticket to Float Summer Kayaking Program. 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 and Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers Foundation are partnering once again to bring you the 2018 Chiefs Cooking for Kids Event at the Max Fisher Music Theater on Thursday, October 11, 2018!
This year's event will be a fantastic event filled with fun, food and plenty of great company. Guests can enjoy a buffet of delicious recipes, a silent auction, entertainment, cash bar, and a great competition of our favorite law enforcement and public safety officials. Whether the competition features city versus city or blue versus red, one winner will be crowned 2018 Chief Chef!
For information on tickets, sponsorsships, or how you can support your favorite police or fire chief, please click here!
To see pictures of previous year's events, go to Special Events!
The Youth Connection is honored we are the “charity of choice” for KBP Foods and KBP Cares! KBP Foods raises funds two times per year via sales of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) coupons books which provides affordable and delicious meals for the whole family. All proceeds from the charity coupon books sales in the KFC Detroit and Toledo areas this year benefit The Youth Connection. KBP Foods has already raised $40,000 in the first half of 2018 for TYC! The second campaign kicks off NOW thru September 30, 2018! FIND THE NEAREST KFC LOCATION BY CLICKING HERE!
The Youth Connection, Love Detroit Prevention Coalition and Dr. Dudley were featured on the afternoon news broadcast of WWJ AM 950 on May 21st as part of our Save Our Graduating Seniors (S.O.S) campaign. The campaign took place at the Detroit Police Department 11th Precinct and educated high school seniors and students about the dangers of underage drinking, the use of marijuana and non-medical use of prescription pills while driving during prom season. Listen below!
Congratulations to VeronCia Daffin, the winner of our "Play in the Park CAMPaign!” Throughout the summer, VeronCia visited over 5 state, national, and city parks, and thus, won the grand prizes at our 17th Annual After School Fair on Belle Isle! Prizes included a Mountain Bike and a basket of cool items (Detroit Lions thermal bag, cup, dinner pass, baseball glove, etc.) A special thank you to United Healthcare, The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority for their sponsorship!
Youth from The Youth Connection Career Academies took a tour of the WXYZ studios thanks to TYC Board Member Jennifer Sulik. The students learned about different jobs in the studio, met on-air talent and even got to sit in the anchor chair! We appreciate the entire staff at WXYZ for their hospitality!
A month‐long coupon drive at 38 Flint, Detroit, and Toledo‐area KFC stores benefitted metropolitan Detroit youth in a big way – a donation of $39,712 to support youth programming! The fundraiser by KBP Foods, the largest KFC franchise in the U.S., is part of a brand new partnership in the Detroit area that is providing funding for The Youth Connection, which produces youth and family programming and events for thousands of families each year. KBP Foods has also committed to working with The Youth Connection to provide volunteer and mentoring opportunities for its employees.
This year’s coupon drive began Feb. 26 and ran through March 31 at KBP‐owned KFC stores in Michigan and Ohio. The coupon books sold for $1 each (more than $40 in savings) and all proceeds in the Detroit market benefitted The Youth Connection.
“We were thrilled to be selected by KBP Foods as their Charity of Choice in Michigan,” said Dr. Grenaé Dudley, President and CEO of The Youth Connection. “Their strong support of The Youth Connection is vital to provide the type of quality youth programming our kids need.”
“It is our privilege to support The Youth Connection through our bi‐annual charity coupon book drive,” said Dwayne McIntyre, Senior Director of Operations at KBP Foods. “We passionately support The Youth Connection’s mission to empower youth, and we look forward to continuing to grow our partnership.” Stay tuned for the next campaign, which will take place later this year! Thank you for your support in connecting youth to brighter futures!
In collaboration with The Love Detroit Prevention Coalition, Dr. Grenae Dudley (President & CEO of The Youth Connection) William Matthews (Community Youth Organizer) and youth from our Youth Leadership Council spoke in front of City of Detroit Council Member Scott Benson and The Public Health & Safety Standing Committee on February 19, 2018. Topics discussed were the dangers of legalizing recreational marijuana in the City of Detroit, alcohol and tobacco availability for middle and high school students, and where marijuana dispensaries or “stations” and liquor stores are located within a mile radius of a school or church. Watch the video below!
The Youth Connection is honored that our Substance Abuse Prevention program is featured in the Newsletter for BABESWORLD, a primary prevention program that enables children to learn and practice living/loving skills and make positive early decisions about alcohol and other drugs. A big thank you to Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority for funding this training for our staff! Read the BABES World Blog by CLICKING HERE!
Tonia Jones, a MPH-PHP Candidate from Wayne State University School of Medicine collaborated with The Youth Connection Career Academies to launch The Youth Connection Resources for Independent Skills Enhancement (R.I.S.E) program, sponsored by The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). This program is targeted toward individuals with closed foster care cases ages 18-21 and the program offer services such as case management, housing assistance, employment assistance, and life skills enhancement.
The Youth Connection would like to thank UHY Cares for their donation of 5 BRAND NEW BIKES for our youth and families who participated in our I2D2 and Strengthening Families Program. At The Courtyard Marriott in Downtown Detroit, youth recieved a cool bike, helmet, also art supplies with scrap paper to create unique sayings on their helments.
Dr. Grenae Dudley was honored at this 2017's Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Ceremony on April 20th! The Michigan Chronicle celebrates local African American women who inspire others through vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service. Dr. Dudley and many honorees that have been selected have shown exceptional success in business, community involvement, and philanthropy. A special thanks to TYC Board Member Nadine Cook, for nominating Dr. Dudley for this prestigious award. Congratulations Dr. Dudley!
We would like to thank the volunteers from Best Buy and Microsoft for exposing youth to creative, fun and innovative tech projects in their Technology Event held at our TYC office on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017! Youth from The Youth Connection, Martin Luther King Jr. High School, and The Rhonda Walker Foundation participated in educational activities such as Stop Motion Animation, creating their own apps, and played “Makey-Makey” where youth use non-traditional materials (play-doh, bananas, etc) as a mouse. We appreciate the folks at Break a Difference for partnering with us on a great event!
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan launched the 2017 enrollment campaign for Grow Detroit's Young Talent program and challenge area companies and foundations to support the summer job program for youth, ages 14 - 24. The Mayor kicked off this year’s campaign during a breakfast at the headquarters of DTE Energy, which hosted the event and has been a major program sponsor since its inception.
Our very own DeAna Gardner, a participant of The Youth Connection Career Academies (TYCCA), was the emcee and speaker of the event. DeAna, you are Detroit’s Feature Leader and we are so proud of you! Watch the video below to hear her wonderful speech about the GDYT program!
Video courtesy: WDIV-Local 4 Detroit
DON’T FLUSH THEM
DON’T KEEP THEM
(CLICK IMAGE TO LEARN MORE!)
CALLING ALL FAMILIES! Sign up for our upcoming Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 Session! For more infomation or to sign up, call 313-826-7099 and ask for Deb O' Rah Mitchell or fill out our online form!
Get to know our youth!
Read about our current and former youth and their accomplishments throughout our Career Academies (TYCCA) program.
Check out the Fruit/Vegetable of the Month where The Youth Connection features produce tips, facts, and healthy recipes that you can share with the entire family!
Shop at AmazonSmile and select The Youth Connection as your charitable organization, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to TYC each time you order!
Donations payable to The Youth Connection by mail is:
The Youth Connection, Inc.
4777 E. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48234
Check out our Events page to find out information and photos of prior events and what we are organizing in the near future.
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