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..
Checkout the Highlights of The Youth Connection's 2019 Chief's Cooking for Kids Thursday, October 10, 2019 at The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Downtown Detroit! Congratulations to Chief Ronald Haddad (Dearborn Police Department) for winning "Chief Chef" for the fourth time in a row! Checkout photo's from our 2019 Chief Cooking for Kids here! (Video Courtesy of WXYZ Action 7 News)
The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) honored Dr. Grenaé Dudley with the Sy Gottlieb Award at the Salute! to Healthcare celebration on Thursday, November 14! GDAHC recognized Dr. Dudley for her more than 30-year career as a relentless advocate for children’s wellbeing in Southeast Michigan. Dr. Dudley is the President and CEO of The Youth Connection, an organization whose goal is to connect youth to brighter futures by improving academic and health outcomes, providing job skills training, and reducing substance use. Congratulations Dr. Dudley! We are so proud you are leading the charge in helping us connect youth to brighter futures. We thank all of our board members, staff, and honored guests who helped us support Dr. Dudley received her award! We would also like to congratulate Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) board members Tom Adams and Monique Stanton on the awards they received.
The Youth Connection is honored to be KBP Foods “Charity of Choice” for 2019! Local KFC restaurants in the Detroit & Toledo area were selling Coupon Book for $1 (with over $30 in savings of delicious meals). All local proceeds benefit The Youth Connection! The Youth Connection would like thank everyone who supported our efforts by purchasing a KFC Coupon Book!
The Youth Committee of the Love Detroit Prevention Coalition (LDPC) conducted their first Town Hall meeting on Saturday, November 10th at The Youth Connection. The Town Hall Meeting was on prescription drug abuse, namely opioids. To drive home the message, there were three different demonstrations that were solely facilitated by the youth coalition members.
The turnout, participation, and engagement was amazing. Participants walked away with knowledge on the usage and abuse of opioids. The Youth Coalition did an amazing job in leading the cause in preventing opioid abuse.
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!
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!
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!
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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!
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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!
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The Youth Connection, Inc.
4777 E. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48234
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