It's Our Birthday! Celebrating 20 YEARS!

The Youth Connection is celebrating 20 YEARS of connecting youth to brighter futures! Support our efforts by donating $20, $200, or $2,000, (or whatever you wish) to help us reach our goal of $20,000 this holiday season!




Welcome to The Youth Connection

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.

Thank you Michigan First Credit Union!

The Youth Connection would like to thank Michigan First Credit Union for their unexpected visit to our offices this month and donation of $1,000 to The Youth Connection to support our youth programming.We appreciate their generosity and willingness to work with us and our youth in the future! Thank you!

The Youth Connection was featured on "Detroit Wants 2 Know!"

The Youth Connection Substance Abuse Program and Dr. Dudley were highlighted on Steve Hood’s television program, “Detroit Wants 2 Know” that aired on October 30, 2016 at 10:30am on WADL Channel 38. The show discusses the success of our tobacco compliance checks that our youth conducted in Detroit this summer. TYC youth partnered with DPD to make sure tobacco retailers were not selling cigarettes to kids. The event highlighted in the clip below is a recognition ceremony hosted in partnership with Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority to thank those retailers who did not sell tobacco to youth. Take a look!

Programs for Youth in The City of Detroit!

Looking for youth programs in Detroit for your child? The City of Detroit website is now featuring over 40 programs for youth (including The Youth Connection!) that includes web links so you can find the program that is right for you and your family! The list of youth programs can be found by clicking here!   

Our 2016 Chiefs Cooking For Kids was Live In The D!

Chief Shadd Whitehead of The Livonia Fire Department and one of our TYC graduates, Frederick Smith were featured on Live in the D with Jason and Tati on WDIV-Local 4 promoting our 2016 Chiefs Cooking for Kids event on Thursday, October 6 at The Max Fisher Theater! Watch the video below!

2016 Career Academies Youth Summer Program with the DNR!

The Youth Connection Volunteered to Clean and Board Up Vacant Homes!

Youth of The Youth Connection volunteered with the Lutheran Youth Services and The Osborn Neighborhood Alliance by cleaning and boarding up vacant houses in the city of Detroit! Thanks to WXYZ-TV Detroit (Channel 7) for coverage!  

The Youth Connection Helps The Residents of Flint, Michigan!

The youth of The Youth Connection donated supplies for residents of Flint, Michigan! The youth donated hand sanitizer, books, cleansing wipes and paper products for families in Flint affected by the water and economic crisis.

TYC youth packing utensils and paper products for the residents of Flint, Michigan.
Bottles of hand sanitizer for the residents of Flint.
Storage of water, cleansing wipes, and paper products for the residents of Flint.
Dr. Grenae Dudley, President & C.E.O of The Youth Connection speaking to WDIV (Channel 4).
TYC Youth speaking to WDIV (Channel 4).

The Youth Connection I2D2 Program Proven Effective!

The Youth Connection I2D2 Fit ‘N’ Fun Family Club obesity prevention program is thrilled to share the results of a Practicum Abstract conducted by a student intern, McKenzie Kudron, of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences. Her practicum shows that the I2D2 program is making a huge difference in both knowledge and behavioral change for Wayne County families that participate in the program. The statistically significant results show that parents and students are more knowledgeable about their health and fitness and are increasing the amounts of fruits and vegetables they are eating, increasing their daily exercise and reducing the amount of sugary drinks they consume and amount of time spent in front of screens (computer, tv, mobile devices). We are very excited about the future of the I2D2 program and connecting our families to a healthier way of life. The I2D2 Obesity Prevention Program is funded in part by the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and St. John Providence Health System. For more information or to see if the I2D2 program can be held at your school, church, or community-based organization, please call us at (313) 826-7099.


Transformation Thursday Stories

Get to know our youth!

Read about our current and former youth and their accomplishments throughout our Career Academies (TYCCA) program.

             Our address to send

Donations payable to The Youth Connection by mail is:

The Youth Connection, Inc.

4777 E. Outer Drive

Suite 1340

Detroit, MI 48234

(Phone): 313-826-7099

Our Sponsors

We would like to thank Quicken Loans for sponoring our 15th Annual After School Fair!


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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