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.

Our 2016 Chiefs Cooking For Kids was Live In The D!

Chief Shadd Whitehead of The Livonia Fire Department and one of our TYC graduates, Frederick Smith were featured on Live in the D with Jason and Tati on WDIV-Local 4 promoting our 2016 Chiefs Cooking for Kids event on Thursday, October 6 at The Max Fisher Theater! Watch the video below!

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Meet Makyia!

Makyia Hayes, TYCCA Youth

Makyia Hayes is currently a student in The Youth Connection Career Academies since 2013. Makyia had summer internships with Galilee Missionary Baptist Church and, in 2015, worked for Habitat for Humanity – Detroit. She really enjoyed helping Habitat for Humanity for the summer and it made her appreciate the work that they do year-round. She graduated from Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School in 2015, and was accepted and attended Jackson College in Jackson, MI. She completed her first year at Jackson College this year and is looking forward to returning in the fall to continue her studies.


In regards to her favorite outdoor activity she participated in as part of the program, Makyia said, “I really liked the high ropes course. It was fun and very challenging!” She added, “TYCCA helped me a lot. I love The Youth Connection. I learned from my work study and the program helped me prepare for interviews. I really enjoyed it!


We would like to congratulate Makyia on a successful freshman year at Jackson College and look forward to watching her continue her success in the future!


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 Makyia realize their career goals!


To read more about our youth and their accomplishments throughout our Career Academies program, click here.

Check Out Highlights From Our 2015 Career Academies Summer Program with the DNR!

Motor City Makover - May 21, 2016

The Youth Connection volunteered with Life Remodeled to create a memoral community garden for the residents and veterans of Detroit.

The Youth Connection Volunteered to Clean and Board Up Vacant Homes!

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 Connection Helps The Residents of Flint, Michigan!

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.

TYC youth packing utensils and paper products for the residents of Flint, Michigan.
Bottles of hand sanitizer for the residents of Flint.
Storage of water, cleansing wipes, and paper products for the residents of Flint.
Dr. Grenae Dudley, President & C.E.O of The Youth Connection speaking to WDIV (Channel 4).
TYC Youth speaking to WDIV (Channel 4).

Dr. Dudley Featured on WMKM AM 1400!

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 I2D2 Program Proven Effective!

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.


Donate To The Youth Connection By Mobile Phone!

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.


**NOTE** A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Donor must be age 18+ and all donations must be authorized by the account holder (e.g. parents). By texting YES or billing zip code (Verizon Wireless), the user agrees to the terms and conditions. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the GlobalGiving—Connecting Detroit Youth to a Brighter Future by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at hmgf.org/t. Message & Data Rates May Apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code 80100; text HELP to 80100 for help. privacy policy

Thank you Michigan First Credit Union!

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!

          Youth Transformation          Stories

Get to know our youth!

Read about our current and former youth and their accomplishments throughout our Career Academies (TYCCA) program.

Donations By Mail

              Our address to send

Donations 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 Quicken Loans for sponoring our 15th Annual After School Fair!



Check out our Events page to find out information and photos of prior events and what we are organizing in the near future.

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