Our "Play In The Park CAMPaign" Winner!

Dr. Grenae Dudley (President & CEO), Cheryl Wilson ( I2D2 Program Coordinator) and Jessica (UnitedHealthcare) present winner VeronCia Daffin with her prizes!

Congratulations to VeronCia Daffin, the winner of our "Play in the Park CAMPaign!” Throughout the summer, VeronCia visited over 5 state, national, and city parks, and thus, won the grand prizes at our 17th Annual After School Fair on Belle Isle! Prizes included a Mountain Bike and a basket of cool items (Detroit Lions thermal bag, cup, dinner pass, baseball glove, etc.) A special thank you to United Healthcare, The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network for their sponsorship!

Enjoy The Great Outdoors! Participate in our "Play In The Park CAMPaign!"

Our Play In The Park CAMPaign project was funded by Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) teamed up with The Youth Connection in June 2017 to receive feedback on their newest 5-year Statewide Comprehensive Recreation Plan. The Youth Connection distributed surveys and conducted focus groups to determine, among other things, how satisfied participants were with the state parks and how far they would be willing to travel to a park or recreation area. A summary report of the surveys and focus groups showed Detroit participants were unaware of many of the nearby state parks and recreation sites and that they would be willing to travel on average up to an hour away to visit a park. Armed with this information, The Youth Connection’s I2D2 program is encouraging youth and families to go out and stay active in order to increase physical activity and decrease screen time while enjoying the great outdoors.

To encourage you further we have implemented our Play in the Park Campaign. The state of Michigan has many beautiful local, county, and state parks to see and The Youth Connection would like to invite you to go out explore and Play in the Park! To be eligible for the contest, visit any five (5) city, county, state or national parks (including the ones listed above), take a picture of yourself by a park sign, and post it on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #TYCCAMPaign. This campaign ended August 18th, 2018.

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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!

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The Youth Connection, Inc.

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We would like to thank The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) for sponoring our 16th Annual After School Fair!


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