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.

The Youth Connection Career Academies (TYCCA)

The Youth Connection Career Academies (TYCCA) is a program designed to expose, engage, and train metropolitan Detroit young adults ages 14-24 for careers and continuing education. 

Health, Wellness, Prevention Division (HWPD)

The Youth Connection’s Health, Wellness Prevention Division (HWPD) programs provides FREE, highly-interactive skills-based programs designed to promote positive health and personal development for youth and families. The Youth Connection is the ONLY agency in the country to be certified by Iowa State University to facilitate Strengthening Families 10-14, an evidence-based program, virtually!

The Youth Connection Highlights!

DEA Warns of  "Rainbow Fentanyl"  targeting youth in Southeast Michigan WDIV (Channel 4)

The Youth Connection and Dr. Grenae Dudley were featured in a WDIV (Channel 4) segment on the 11:00 news about the rise of fentanyl in Detroit and especially rainbow fentanyl.

High School Student Uses NARCAN Training From The Youth Connection & Detroit Police Department Explorers Program To Save A Life!

Anika Jackson, A student at John J. Pershing High School, participates in the Detroit Police Department Explorers Program and participated in our Narcan Training. Anika’s mother notice someone that was having an opioid overdose. Anika’s mother call her about the situation, and anika was able to tell her mom step by step how to administer Naloxone (Narcan). Anika and her mother saved a life! They were awarded by The Youth Connection, Love Detroit Prevention Coalition, Detroit Police Department Explorers Program, Detroit Health Department, and Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network at the DPD 11th Precinct!

The Youth Connection Was Awarded By the DEA!

The Youth Connection, Love Detroit Prevention Coalition and Detroit Health Department was awarded a plaque of appreciation from The Drug Enforement Agency (DEA)for our efforts in collecting nearly 70,000 pounds of prescription medications during the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day held in October 2021 in the City of Detroit!

Naloxone (Narcan) Trainings

The Youth Connection has trained 6,727 individuals in naloxone administration and distributed 7,600 naloxone kits. We also have 100 overdose reversals reported by participants of our trainings. Our trainings have covered all sectors of the community, including law enforcement, block clubs, churches, schools, and senior facilities. Join The Youth Connection in our efforts in fighting the opioid epidemic! Sign-up for our training now!

DWSD Partners with The Youth Connection to Paint Fire Hydrants in District 3

The fire hydrants on your block have been painted by The Youth Connection
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has partnered with The Youth Connection to paint the hydrants in District 3.

Red Ribbon Week

In honor of Red Ribbon Week, youth from Dove Academy of Detroit, The Detroit Police Department Explorers Academy & Pershing High School pledged to be DRUG FREE! Red Ribbon Week is from October 23rd – October 31st. It's celebrated in honor of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

Join The Youth Connection Team!

 Checkout the Job Positions we have listed on our website!

I2D2 Fit N Fun Family Clubs!

Families, Stay Fit & Active! Sign your family up for our I2D2 Fit N Fun Family Clubs!

Hours of Operation

300 River Place Drive

Suite 1400

Detroit, MI 48207

Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Thank you Michigan KBP Foods

We would like to thank the staff at all Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurants in the state of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana for selling $1 charity coupon books to help The Youth Connection continue to connect youth and families to brighter futures! FOR MORE INFOMATION on our Sponcor's and Donors, click the button below.

Ways to Give to

The Youth Connection!

The Youth Connection is now a part of Kroger’s Community Rewards Program. Kroger Plus cardholders can link their cards to the rewards program and TYC to donate a portion of their bill to us. Happy Shopping!

 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.

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