The Youth Connection Is The "Charity Of Choice" For KBP Foods! 

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 expects to raise more than $80,000 in 2018 for TYC! The first campaign kicks off  NOW thru March 31,2018! Support our efforts and purchase a coupon book at the participating KFC restaurants in the Detroit and Toledo by CLICKING HERE

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.

The Youth Connection Is Featured In BABES Around The World Newsletter!

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 P3: Progress, Partnership, and Prevention!

The Youth Connection & The Public Health & Safety Standing Committee

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's R.I.S.E Program! A Healthy Home Manual!

The Youth Connection Resources for Independent Skills Enhancement (R.I.S.E) program is funded by The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

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.

Our 5th Annual Chiefs Cooking for Kids was a NIGHT TO REMEMBER! 

The Youth Connection & AFPD The Voice of Independent Retailers would like to thank the Chiefs for participating and everyone who attended our 5th Annual Chiefs Cooking for Kids! It was an awesome night of fun, great music by 313 LIVE Experience and the fire and police chiefs battled it out by cooking such wonderful and delicious recipes! Congratulations to Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad, for winning this year’s “Chief Chef” award for the second time in a row!

Thank You UHY Cares For The Donation of Bike & Helmets For Our Youth!

Deb O' Rah Mitchell, our Substance Abuse Prevention Program Manager, awarding a representative from UHY Cares their certificate of appreciation.

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. 

The Youth Connection's Play In The Park CAMPaign!

Here are some examples on how to take your picture in front a park sign, Thanks to our President & CEO of The Youth Connection, Dr. Grenae Dudley!

Our Play In Th Park CAMPaign project was funded by Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Authority

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) teamed up with The Youth Connection in June 2017 to receive feedback on their newest 5-year Statewide Comprehensive Recreation Plan. The Youth Connection distributed surveys and conducted focus groups to determine, among other things, how satisfied participants were with the state parks and how far they would be willing to travel to a park or recreation area. A summary report of the surveys and focus groups showed Detroit participants were unaware of many of the nearby state parks and recreation sites and that they would be willing to travel on average up to an hour away to visit a park. Armed with this information, The Youth Connection’s I2D2 program is encouraging youth and families to go out and stay active in order to increase physical activity and decrease screen time while enjoying the great outdoors.

To encourage you further we have implemented our Play in the Park Campaign. Camp, Bike, Hike, Kayak, host your next family reunion or picnic in any of our City, County, State or National parks. Be sure to check out any of the 6 listed MDNR parks and recreation areas in the following brochure. The state of Michigan has many beautiful local, county, and state parks to see and The Youth Connection would like to invite you to go out explore and Play in the Park!  Take a picture of yourself in front of the park sign and post it on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #TYCCAMPaign. The more parks you visit the more chances you have to win our grand prize at next year’s After School/Back-to-School/Off-to-College Fair on August 2018!

Thank You Best Buy & Microsoft! 

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!

Thank You Northridge Church Woman's Ministry!

The Youth Connection would like to give a special thank you to Northridge Church Woman’s Ministry for their donation of board games, cleaning and hygiene products, and toys for the families and kids in our I2D2 Fit ‘N’ Fun Family Club and Substance Abuse Prevention program!

Hula Hoops, Baseball Bats, and more outdoor activities items Northridge Church Woman Ministry donated for our I2D2 program.
Board Games, Hygiene and Cleaning products donated for our families in our Strengthening Families Program.
Tissue, Baby Wipes, Body Wash and Paper Towel products donated for our families.

Dr. Grenae Dudley: Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Honoree!

Dr. Grenae Dudley & Nadine Cook

Dr. Grenae Dudley was honored at this year’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!

Thank you Michigan First Credit Union!

The Youth Connection would like to thank Michigan First Credit Union for their unexpected visit to our offices and donating $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!

Detroit mayor Mike Duggan announces 2017 'Grow Detroit's Young Talent' program !

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

Transformation Thursday - Meet Alicia!

Alicia Hubert, TYCCA Youth

Alicia Hubert was a student in The Youth Connection Career Academies in 2015. As a participant in the program, she had an internship with the Detroit Police Department at the Matrix Center. Alicia also earned certifications in First Aid/CPR/AED and completing our I2D2 Nutrition Education program. After graduating from Denby High School earlier this year, she started a full-time job this month and will be switching to part-time in January upon enrollment in the Culinary Arts program at Macomb Community College.


Alicia says “I did a lot of stuff I never did before. At DPD, we met with Chief Craig and other police leadership, took field trips, and learned what officers do on a day-to-day basis. I went camping for the first time as part of the DNR program and that was fun. One of the things I was proud of is going zip-lining – I was very scared but I did it. All of the outdoor activities were very fun – especially the horseback riding.” 

The Youth Connection is proud to feature Alicia as a star on the rise. If you would like to help other youth like Alicia, please consider donating to The Youth Connection by clicking here!

2016 Career Academies Youth Summer Program with the DNR!

 The Youth Connection Is A Superstar!

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TYC Earned badges from GlobalGiving based on our hard work and dedication! Support our programs and donate to our project "Connecting Detroit Youth to Brighter Futures"

Transformation Thursday Stories

Get to know our youth!

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

I2D2 Fruit/Vegetable of the Month: Pears & Spinach

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!

Support Us On AmazonSmile!

Shop at AmazonSmile and select The Youth Connection as your charitable organization, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your holiday purchase to TYC each time you order!

             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 The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) for sponoring our 16th Annual After School Fair!


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