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.
Jamie Thompson participated in The Youth Connection Career Academies from 2013 - 2014. As part of the program, she worked as a Detroit Police Cadet as well as an intern for the Detroit School of Arts learning about careers and skills in the media and taking part in producing a range of PSAs and media broadcasts. Upon graduation from the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts in 2014, Jamie was accepted with a FULL RIDE scholarship to the University of Michigan where she will be a junior this coming fall. She is double-majoring in Psychology and Women’s Studies and thoroughly enjoying life in Ann Arbor. This summer, Jamie will continue her studies abroad in London to experience all Europe has to offer while completing Sociology course work.
She is considering enrolling in a Masters of Social Work program upon college graduation. When asked about her participation in The Youth Connection Career Academies youth program, Jamie replied, “I enjoyed being in the program – it only helps you! I had fun and was able to use some of the skills I learned (mock interview sessions and resume-writing workshops) to get into college and help me find a part-time job to pay for some of my expenses the scholarship doesn’t cover.”
Congratulations, Jamie! We can’t wait to see you graduate from U of M and begin your career!
Click the "Give Now" button below to donate to The Youth Connection's Global Giving campaign so you can help young men and women like Jamie realize their career goals!
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!
Joanelle Dickens-Glazer participated in The Youth Connection Career Academies (TYCCA) from 2010 – 2012. During that time, she had internships at the Caribbean Mardi Gras Festival, ELS Development Services, and at The Youth Connection as an administrative assistant. She also worked for the Southeast District manager of the Michigan DNR. After graduation from Crockett Technical High School, Joanelle began studying Graphic Design at Heartland Community College in Illinois.
After her junior year in college, Joanelle got a job with Delta airlines as a gate agent and soon transferred to become a flight attendant working out of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. She has recently transferred back home to Detroit to work at Metro Airport to be closer to family. When asked about the best part of the program, Joanelle said, “I thought the interview skills session was really important and helped me get my current job.”
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. Thanks to WNEM (Channel 5 Flint) for the coverage! Take a look!
Dr. Dudley was interviewed by Pastor Ovella Davis on WMKM AM 1400 on Wednesday, March 16th. Among the topics discussed were The Youth Connection's Global Giving campaign, our programming and our upcoming plans for the summer. Take a listen by clicking below!
The Youth Connection launched our microproject on GlobalGiving about our Ticket to Float Summer Program (T2F)! In our program, youth will learn about history, culture, water quality, and experience what life was like during the 1800's by playing games played during the 1800’s and fur trading. They will overcome fears and self-doubt by learning to kayak down the Huron River with panoramic vistas and breathtaking glimpses of nature. DONATE to our project and help us reach our funding goal of $5,000 By June 17, 2016! DONATE by clicking the image below!
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.
Text GIVE 22233 to 80100 to DONATE $10 to our GlobalGiving project “Connecting Detroit Youth to a Brighter Future!" Message and data rates may apply. Only works for US mobile phones.
The Youth Connection would like to thank Michigan First Credit Union for their unexpected visit to our offices earlier 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!
Click on the image below to take a peek at silent auction items from the 2015 Chiefs Cooking for Kids that are still available. There are many items ranging from freshwater pearl jewelry to a stay and dine package from Motor City Casino that would make terrific holiday gifts or a nice indulgence for you while helping The Youth Connection connect our youth to a brighter future. Shop now by clicking below!
The Youth Connection, Inc.
4777 E. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48234
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