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..

We're KBP FOODS & KFC "Charity of Choice!"

The Youth Connection is honored to be KBP Foods “Charity of Choice” for 2019! Now through September 30, visit a local KFC in the Detroit & Toledo areas to purchase a Coupon Book for $1 (with over $30 in savings of delicious meals). All local proceeds benefit The Youth Connection! Find a participating KFC location by clicking here!

The Youth Connection & Love Detroit Prevention Coalition Youth Council Town Hall Meeting was a success!

The Youth Committee of the Love Detroit Prevention Coalition (LDPC) conducted their first Town Hall meeting on Saturday, November 10th at The Youth Connection.  The Town Hall Meeting was on prescription drug abuse, namely opioids.  To drive home the message, there were three different demonstrations that were solely facilitated by the youth coalition members.


  1. Participants had to match the prescription drugs that were on the slide show, to what was on their answer sheet.  This was to gauge the general knowledge of what people already know about prescription drugs and its side effects.


  1. The youth explained the Naloxone training that they went through prior to the town hall meeting.  This training taught the youth how to prevent an overdose by opioids such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone.


  1. The Skittles Party, in which teenagers bring all the prescription medications they have access to at home. While at the party, all of the pills are dumped into one bowl (which varies in color, hence the name) and whoever wants a pill can just dip in and grab whatever they want. The youth started off with a skit that showed someone who took too many pills and ended up overdosing.  After the skit, the youth explained the dangers of the skittles party and the types of medications that could possibly be abused.


The turnout, participation, and engagement was amazing.  Participants walked away with knowledge on the usage and abuse of opioids.  The Youth Coalition did an amazing job in leading the cause in preventing opioid abuse.

Save Our Graduating Seniors (S.O.S)

The Youth Connection, Love Detroit Prevention Coalition and Dr. Dudley were featured on the afternoon news broadcast of WWJ AM 950 on May 21st as part of our Save Our Graduating Seniors (S.O.S) campaign. The campaign took place at the Detroit Police Department 11th Precinct and educated high school seniors and students about the dangers of underage drinking, the use of marijuana and non-medical use of prescription pills while driving during prom season. Listen below!

Dr. Grenae Dudley (President & C.E.O of The Youth Connection) speaking to a group of high school students about the S.O.S campaign.

TYCCA Youth Visited Action 7 News WXYZ Detroit! 

Youth from The Youth Connection Career Academies took a tour of the WXYZ studios thanks to TYC Board Member Jennifer Sulik. The students learned about different jobs in the studio, met on-air talent and even got to sit in the anchor chair! We appreciate the entire staff at WXYZ for their hospitality!

Thank You KBP Foods & KFC for making us your "Charity of Choice!"

A monthlong coupon drive at 38 Flint, Detroit, and Toledoarea KFC stores benefitted metropolitan Detroit youth in a big way – a donation of $39,712 to support youth programming! The fundraiser by KBP Foods, the largest KFC franchise in the U.S., is part of a brand new partnership in the Detroit area that is providing funding for The Youth Connection, which produces youth and family programming and events for thousands of families each year. KBP Foods has also committed to working with The Youth Connection to provide volunteer and mentoring opportunities for its employees.


This year’s coupon drive began Feb. 26 and ran through March 31 at KBPowned KFC stores in Michigan and Ohio. The coupon books sold for $1 each (more than $40 in savings) and all proceeds in the Detroit market benefitted The Youth Connection.


“We were thrilled to be selected by KBP Foods as their Charity of Choice in Michigan,” said Dr. Grenaé Dudley, President and CEO of The Youth Connection. “Their strong support of The Youth Connection is vital to provide the type of quality youth programming our kids need.”


“It is our privilege to support The Youth Connection through our biannual charity coupon book drive,” said Dwayne McIntyre, Senior Director of Operations at KBP Foods. “We passionately support The Youth Connection’s mission to empower youth, and we look forward to continuing to grow our partnership.” Stay tuned for the next campaign, which will take place later this year! Thank you for your support in connecting youth to brighter futures!    

The Youth Connection P3: Progress, Partnership, and Prevention!

The Youth Connection & The Public Health & Safety Standing Committee

In collaboration with The Love Detroit Prevention Coalition, Dr. Grenae Dudley (President & CEO of The Youth Connection) William Matthews (Community Youth Organizer) and youth from our Youth Leadership Council spoke in front of City of Detroit Council Member Scott Benson and The Public Health & Safety Standing Committee on February 19, 2018. Topics discussed were the dangers of legalizing recreational marijuana in the City of Detroit, alcohol and tobacco availability for middle and high school students, and where marijuana dispensaries or “stations” and liquor stores are located within a mile radius of a school or church. Watch the video below!

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 $1,500 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!

The Youth Connection Is Featured In BABES Around The World Newsletter!

The Youth Connection is honored that our Substance Abuse Prevention program is featured in the Newsletter for BABESWORLD, a primary prevention program that enables children to learn and practice living/loving skills and make positive early decisions about alcohol and other drugs. A big thank you to Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority for funding this training for our staff! Read the BABES World Blog by CLICKING HERE!

Thank You UHY Cares For The Donation of Bike & Helmets For Our Youth!

Deb O' Rah Mitchell, our Substance Abuse Prevention Program Manager, awarding a representative from UHY Cares their certificate of appreciation.

The Youth Connection would like to thank UHY Cares for their donation of 5 BRAND NEW BIKES for our youth and families who participated in our I2D2 and Strengthening Families Program. At The Courtyard Marriott in Downtown Detroit, youth recieved a cool bike, helmet, also art supplies with scrap paper to create unique sayings on their helments. 

Dr. Grenae Dudley: Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Honoree!

Dr. Grenae Dudley & Nadine Cook

Dr. Grenae Dudley was honored at this 2017'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!

Thank You Best Buy & Microsoft! 

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!

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!

Hula Hoops, Baseball Bats, and more outdoor activities items Northridge Church Woman Ministry donated for our I2D2 program.
Board Games, Hygiene and Cleaning products donated for our families in our Strengthening Families Program.
Tissue, Baby Wipes, Body Wash and Paper Towel products donated for our families.

2016 Career Academies Youth Summer Program with the DNR!

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 Strengthening Families Program 10-14!

CALLING ALL FAMILIES! Sign up for our upcoming Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 Session! For more infomation or to sign up, call 313-826-7099 and ask for Deb O' Rah Mitchell or fill out our online form!

 The Youth Connection Is A Superstar!

The Youth Connection has been vetted (since 2015) by GlobalGiving’s rigorous due diligence process (Submit project reports in a timely manner and before deadlines, thank you letters send to donors, etc.)
The Youth Connection has demonstrated a high level of engagement with the GlobalGiving community and a commitment to effectiveness via GG Rewards. (Attending webinars, participation in bonus day, contests, and other campaigns, number of recurring donors).
GlobalGiving recognizes The Youth Connection for our due diligence efforts to learn, improve, and grow their impact.

TYC Earned badges from GlobalGiving based on our hard work and dedication! Support our programs and donate to our project!

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: Strawberries & Summer Squash

Strawberries & Summer Squash

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!

             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 The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) for sponoring our 16th Annual After School Fair!


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