The Youth Connection's 13th Annual After-School/Back-to-School/Off-to-College Fair is One Month Away!

We are less than a month away from the 13th Annual After-School/Back-to-School/Off-to-College Fair being held on Saturday, August 16th from Noon to 4:00pm on Belle Isle! We are inviting any youth serving organizations to have a table in our big tent and all youth and parents to enjoy a day of fun for FREE!


In addition to over 100 youth-serving organizations, we will be giving away:


  • FREE backpacks (sponsored in part by G.I.F.T.S.)
  • FREE school supplies (spnosored in part by G.I.F.T.S.)
  • FREE Bike Helmets (sponsored by the Kohl's INjury Prevention Program)
  • FREE books
  • FREE lunches (for youth under 18) (sponsored by the Institute for Population Health)
  • FREE athletic shoes (sponsored by FOCUS)
  • FREE inflatables and arts and craft for youth


We hope to see you there on Saturday, August 16th! For more information, plesae visit or call Jeff Griffith at (313) 826-7098.

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 connect youth, young adults and their families to resources and opportunities that enrich their lives, with special attention to those who are underserved.

DNR Summer Youth Program Participants at Sleeper State Park

The Youth Connection Featured in a Video Supporting Local Non-Profits!

The Youth Connection had the opportunity to be featured in a video project for a local undergrad student, Paul Taylor.  After a day of filming, Paul put together this short promotional video for The Youth Connection. We think he did a fantastic job and are ecstatic with how it turned out. Thank you, Paul! If you would like to reach out to Paul, you can follow him on Twitter @PaulTaylorFilms and on Youtube!

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The Youth Connection Rewards DPS Student Achievement

Bennett Elementary Student Jose Pelcastre-Herman displays his Kindle eReader he won courtesy of The Youth Connection with his classmates.


Jose Pelcastre-Herman, a fourth-grader at Bennett Elementary, received a prize for winning Detroit Public Schools' 2014 African American World History Pacesetters contest. Jose received a Kindle eReader, donated by The Youth Connection for the contest, for his efforts.


The purpose of the Pacesetters contest was to increase and assess students’ knowledge of the contributions made by African American pacesetters through the reading of biographies, autobiographies and African American Literature. Students who participated increased their knowledge of African American contributions to the world and improved their reading comprehension of informational text and narrative text.


The Youth Connection is a proud supporter of Detroit Public Schools and congratulates Jose on his success! Way to go!

The Youth Connection 2013 DNR Summer Program

The Youth Connection partnered with the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to create the 2013 DNR Summer Program. 120 youth were given career training, workplace seminars, and a PAID internship in an outdoor career this past summer. Check out the video below to see how our youth got to experience a "Pure Michigan" summer...

The Youth Connection is All In For Belle Isle

The Youth Connection is All in for Belle Isle! We were invited to a press conference in December 2013 that highlighted the future plans of Belle Isle and the work that our youth completed on the Oxbow Comfort Station during November and December. Our youth took a closed comfort station and, with support and guidance from master plumbers, electricians, and painters, installed a new water heater, completely renovated the inside of the comfort station, installed new, working toilets, and painted the walls. The youth also did some light landscaping that made the comfort station usable for visitors to the island. Below is a few news clips from media coverage of the event.

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Our Sponsors

This Month's Sponsor of the Month is the Michigan Department of Natural Resources!


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