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.
Twenty-one of Metro-Detroit’s finest top brass are participating in a chief’s cook-off competition in support of The Youth Connection and our partners, the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers. Metropolitan Detroit Chiefs of Police, Fire and other public safety agencies will don chef aprons and hats on Thursday, November 16th, at the Max Fisher Music Theater in Detroit. Enjoy an evening of great food, fun and music, and elect who will be crowned Metro-Detroit’s 2017 Chief Chef. For information about the event or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, please click on the logo above! We hope to see you there for good times, good food, and great competition!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
'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!
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!
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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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Donations payable to The Youth Connection by mail is:
The Youth Connection, Inc.
4777 E. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48234
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