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..

The Youth Connection is KBP Foods "Charity of Choice 2021!"

The Youth Connection is honored to be KBP Foods “Charity of Choice” in 2021! 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! The campaign is over. Thank you for supporting!


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! 

Register for our Virtual Botvin LifeSkills Training Program! 

FREE VIRTUAL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM!  Youth will learn how to deal with peer pressure, positive ways to deal with stress and how to make good decisions. To register, fill out our online form by clicking here!

Register for our Virtual I2D2 Fit "N" Fun Family Clubs!

FAMILIES: STAY FIT AND ACTIVE! The Youth Connection will be launching our I2D2 Fit "N" Fun Family Clubs program virtually! Register your family for our program today by clicking here!

Register for our Virtual Strengthening Families Program 10-14!

CALLING ALL FAMILIES! Sign up for our upcoming Virtual Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 Session! To register, fill out our online form by clicking here!

Our 2019 Chief Cooking for Kids was a success!

Checkout the Highlights of The Youth Connection's 2019 Chief's Cooking for Kids Thursday, October 10, 2019 at The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Downtown Detroit! Congratulations to Chief Ronald Haddad (Dearborn Police Department) for winning "Chief Chef" for the fourth time in a row! Checkout photo's from our 2019 Chief Cooking for Kids here! (Video Courtesy of WXYZ Action 7 News)

Dr. Grenae Dudley recieved the GDHAC Sy Gottlieb Award!

The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) honored Dr. Grenaé Dudley with the Sy Gottlieb Award at the Salute! to Healthcare celebration on Thursday, November 14! GDAHC recognized Dr. Dudley for her more than 30-year career as a relentless advocate for children’s wellbeing in Southeast Michigan. Dr. Dudley is the President and CEO of The Youth Connection, an organization whose goal is to connect youth to brighter futures by improving academic and health outcomes, providing job skills training, and reducing substance use. Congratulations Dr. Dudley! We are so proud you are leading the charge in helping us connect youth to brighter futures. We thank all of our board members, staff, and honored guests who helped us support Dr. Dudley received her award! We would also like to congratulate Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) board members Tom Adams and Monique Stanton on the awards they received.

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!

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) 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!

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.

The Youth Connection Contact / Hours of Operation

*** Special Note """

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 info@theyouthconnection.org.

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 The Youth Connection Newsletter

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Support TYC On AmazonSmile!

Shop on AmazonSmile and choose “The Youth Connection” as your charitable organization, and 0.5% of your order gets donated to TYC! Happy Shopping!

 Strengthening Families Program 10-14!

CALLING ALL FAMILIES! Sign up for our upcoming Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 Session! To register, fill out our online form by clicking here!

 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

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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