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..
The Youth Connection is honored to be KBP Foods “Charity of Choice” in 2021! On August 23rd - October 3rd, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurants in the state of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana will be selling charity coupon books for $1 (with $30 of savings of delicious meals). All proceeds benefit our programs at The Youth Connection! FIND A KFC LOCATION NEAR YOU!
YOUTH & ADULTS, YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE! The Youth Connection, in partnership with Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network and the Detroit Health Department, host FREE VIRTUAL NARCAN TRAININGS! Participants will learn opioid prevention strategies and how to administer Naloxone, a life-saving medication that will reverse the effects of an opioid or heroin overdose. REGISTER HERE!
Red Ribbon Week is from October 23rd – October 31st. It started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who in 1985 was brutally murdered by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. After his death, people started wearing red ribbons to honor Kiki's sacrifice. Checkout and see how The Youth Connection staff, our youth, and families are pledging to be DRUG FREE!
FAMILIES: STAY FIT AND ACTIVE! Sign up for The Youth Connection's I2D2 Fit "N" Fun Family Clubs program by clicking here!
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Youth Connection Offices are closed for face-to-face meetings until further notice. Staff are available by phone at (313) 826-7099 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Services may be available for youth aging out of FOSTER CARE
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The Youth Connection, Inc.
4777 E. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48234
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