TYC Teens - Catch this Case

Order your custom phone case from TYC Teens by clicking the flyer on the left. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at (313) 826-7099. Thank you for your support!

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!

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!

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

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 Biennial Report

Check out The Youth Connection Biennial Report to see what our programs did and accomplished in 2014-2015.

The Youth Connection donated Bikes and Helmets to local youth for Christmas!

'Tis the Season of Giving! The Youth Connection would like to thank Mike Casey from Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors (ABO), and the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan (KIPP) for donating 17 bicycles and helmets to giveaway to local youth for Christmas on Friday, December 16th , 2016 at TYC’s headquarter at 4777 E. Outer Drive; Suite 1340, Detroit, MI 48234. The parents who picked them up (to be used as Christmas presents for their kids) were extremely excited and thankful. Read more about our bike donation here!

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!

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!

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!   

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).

Join us for all the fun! Sign your family up to participate in our 1st Annual 12D2 Fit N Fun Family Clubs Olympics Games at our After School Fair on August 19th!

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: Apples & 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 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 Quicken Loans for sponoring our 15th Annual After School Fair!


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