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
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'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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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 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.
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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The Youth Connection, Inc.
4777 E. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48234
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