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This page was last updated: August 25, 2017
Please visit the MENTOR PROGRAMS page on this site, to find other Youth Programs!
INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL STUDENT / YOUTH PROGRAMS

AYUSA Global Youth Exchange                                                     
600 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94108
Phone: 1-888-552-987
Website:  www.ayusa.org
AYUSA is a high school exchange program sponsored by the Department of State.
We match bright young leaders from around the world with families across the United
States. AYUSA provides international students the opportunity to learn about America
through a semester or year as a high school student in their host family’s community.
American host families also experience a new culture and gain a lifelong connection
between their family and a family in another country.

Youths For Understanding                                                                  
Website: http://yfu.org
YFU is one of the world's largest and most respected international educational
exchange organizations. Anetwork of over 50 independent national organizations
worldwide, YFU representatives work together to advance learning across cultures.
Within each country's culture, YFU organizations subscribe to and operate under
a common set of principles and standards that aim to facilitate cooperation and
harmony.

ASSE International Student Exchange Program    
Phone: 800-677-2773   (eastern regional office)
Email:  asseusaeast@asse.com
Website: http://asse.com

World Heritage Student Exchange Program           
277 Lower Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
Phone: 949-342-1777  OR  Toll Free: 800-888-9040
Email: info@world-heritage.org
Website: www.world-heritage.org
For North American students interested in becoming an exchange student abroad, 
World Heritage cooperates closely with ASSE International Student Exchange
Programs. Together, ASSE and World Heritage offer three different international
exchange programs. Students can pick their adventure - a full academic year
program, a 6-months program, the teen-twin program or a summer language
program abroad.

National Outdoor Leadership School           
284 Lincoln Street
Lander, WY  82520-2848
Phone:  800-710-6657  OR 307-332-5300
Website: www.nols.edu
NOLS takes students of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions and teaches
them technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics. What NOLS
teaches cannot be learned in a traditional classroom or on a city street. It takes
practice to learn outdoor skills and time to develop leadership.The backcountry
provides the ideal setting for this unique, experiential education—NOLS classrooms
are some of the world’s wildest and most awe-inspiring locations. We believe living
in untouched places like our classrooms will teach students responsibility for all
that surrounds us.

Break Away / Alternative Spring & School Breaks                 
2451 Cumberland Pkwy. Suite 3124
Atlanta, GA  30339
Phone: 404-919-7482
Email: breakaway@alternativebreaks.org
Website: www.alternativebreaks.org
Break Away's mission is to train, assist and connect campuses and communities
in promoting quality alternative break programs that inspire lifelong active citizenship.
As part of a quality Break Away experience, participants will become more educated
and experienced in all sides of a social issue. Upon return, they will be empowered
to make more informed decisions and take meaningful action that supports a greater good.They will become contributing members of society and will weigh in on issues
that impact their communities.

STS Foundation                     
Phone: 810-736-889
Website: http://www.stsfoundation.org
STS Foundation believes that intercultural student exchange promotes understanding,
respect and goodwill among people of all nations. Students, host families, schools
and communities will have an opportunity to learn more about another's culture
as they share experiences.

U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
National Headquarters
2300 Wilson Blvd. Ste 200
Arlington, VA  22201-5435
Phone: 703-243-6910
Email:  pao@seacadets.org
Website: www.seacadets.org
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is comprised of 2 programs:
The Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC)
The Junior program for young people ages 10 through 13.
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) 
The Senior program for young people ages 13-17.
The NLCC and NSCC programs are similiar, but vary in that their training sessions
are tailored to be age-appropriate. Many units located throughout Michigan!


STATE OF MICHIGAN PROGRAMS:

Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy            
3411 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lansing, MI  48906
Phone: 517-481-8083
Email: DMVA-Webmaster@michigan.gov
Website: http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/0,4569,7-126-2361_3116---,00.html
A three-phase, 17.5-month program. Graduates of the Academy leave with a G.E.D,
college credits, basic life skills, and goals for their future.The two-week entry
phase determines if the program is right for a cadet. The 20-week resident phase
prepares cadets for their G.E.D. and builds on the program's core objectives.
The post-resident phase reinforces the program through a mentoring process.
AND
STARBASE
The hands-on program, held at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, introduces
at-risk fifth and sixth graders to practical and interesting activities related to
science, math, engineering, and technology. The program also teaches goal-
setting skills to encourage strong self-esteem and positive attitudes.



SERVES ALL OR MOST OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN:

Arts & Scraps               
16135 Harper
Detroit, MI  48224
Phone:  313-640-4411
Website: www.ARTSandSCRAPS.org
Uses recycled materials to help all ages and abilities think, create and learn.
Counties Served: Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties, ages 3 to adult,
focusing on under-served children. Registration is online through the site. 

Camp Casey                                       
333 W. 7th St., Suite 230
Royal Oak, MI  48067
Phone:  877-388-8315  ext. 1
Website:  www.camp-casey.org
A nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer and their families.
Counties Served: All of Michigan & ages served is 0-17 and their families.

Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning
2315 Harmon Lake Road
Mayville, MI 48744
Phone: 989-673-2050
Email:  director@thefowlercenter.org    Kyle L. Middleton
Website:  www.thefowlercenter.org
Year round camp established in 1957 serving special needs children and adults.
Traditional camp as well as Life Trex for individuals on the autism spectrum,
therapeutic riding, and La Cuisine. In addition we have camp barefoot for
Traumatic Brain Injured, Outpost for a pioneer-style experience, and respite
weekends. Don’t miss out on our travel adventures. Fully accessible and provide
opportunities for learning-by-doing. All activities are by choice. Serves ages 6
through adulthood. Counties Served: Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb

Kids Kicking Cancer                                 
645 Griswold Street  Suite 444
Detroit, MI  48226
Phone:  313-557-0021
Website:  www.powerpeacepurpose.org
A nonprofit dedicated to using martial arts therapy to empower and ease pain
in children with cancer,sickle cell and other life threatening illnesses. All services
are provided at no charge to families served, including classes, uniforms and in
some locations transportation to and from class. Ages served are 3 to 21 years.
Counties served: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw

Detroit Tigers Kids Club               
Phone: 313-471-2274
Website: http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/fan_forum/kids_index.jsp
Check this website for free and low-cost activities for kids!

Detroit Pistons and Detroit Shock
For more information on the Pistons-Palace Foundation & community programming
offered by the NBA Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock, please visit
www.pistons.com  OR  www.detroitshock.com

Detroit Children's Choir
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone: 313-444-7821
Email:info@detroitchildrenschoir.org
Website: www.detroitchildrenschoir.org
The Detroit Children’s Choir is made up of over 300 children, ages 8-18, who
have a passion and love for singing. Choir members come from a variety of
cities in S.E. Michigan, representing a range of diverse cultures & backgrounds.
Children receive music literacy, sight reading skills and vocal technique along
with the opportunity to perform on stages in the Detroit metro area. The music
is selected to engage children in singing, including a wide variety of music of
American heritage, classic children’s choral works, and texts in foreign languages.
The Detroit Children’s Choir is committed to developing young leaders who will
bring about positive change in our city.

Detroit Opera House
Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus
1526 Broadway
Detroit, MI  48226
Phone:  313-680-6682
Email: tnash@motopera.org
Website:  www.motc.org
The mission of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus is to provide exceptional
choral music and theatrical performance instruction in a professional environment
to young people. This instruction will foster their creativity, personal expression
and social growth. Offering a curriculum that embraces diverse cultures and traditions
and a rich and extensive range of musical genres, the program will seek to instill personal and artistic excellence in its students. In keeping with its role as a major cultural resource
to the entire community.  Michigan Opera Theatre will offer these unique learning opportunities to a diverse group of students from varied economic, cultural and social backgrounds.

Crossroads for Youth
930 E. Drahner Rd.
Oxford, MI  48371
Phone: 248-628-2561 x200
Email:  wendy.green@crossroadsforyouth.org
Website: www.crossroadsforyouth.org
Crossroads for Youth is a private, non-profit agency serving at-risk youth from
throughout southeast Michigan.
Counties Served: Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, S.E. MI



DOWNRIVER & METRO-DETROIT 

The Downriver Community Conference
14100 Northline Road  Suite #179
Southgate, MI  48195
Phone: 734-362-7045
AND
ACCESS Center
6451 Schaefer Rd.
Dearborn, MI  48126
Phone: 313-945-8380
AND
17888 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe, MI  48230
Phone: 313-343-5617
AND
144 Manchester St.
Highland Park, MI  48203
Phone: 313-826-0299
AND
Woodland Square Mall
30246 Plymouth Rd.
Livonia, MI   48150
Phone: 734-513-4900
AND
Monroe Mall
1531 N. Telegraph Road  Suite D
Monroe, MI 48162
Phone: 734-240-7950
AND
35731 W Michigan Ave.
Wayne, MI 48184
Phone: 734-858-4284
Website:  http://www.dccwf.org/index.php
The PATH program operates Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
PATH Program Activities and Services
Core Activities:
• Unsubsidized Employment 
• Subsidized Employment 
• On-the-job Training 
• Job Search & Job Readiness 
• Work Experience 
• Community Service 
• Vocational Education Training 
• Childcare for Community Service Program Participants
Non-Core Activities:
• Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment 
• Education Directly Related to Employment 
• High School Completion or GED Preparation   
Services:
• Transportation Assistance 
• Interview Clothing & Uniforms 
• Child Care Information/Referrals 
• Basic Skills Assessment 
• Career Assessment & Counseling 
• Career & Labor Market Exploration 
• Goal Setting & Individual Service Strategy 
• Resume Writing Assistance 
• Job Readiness Workshops (Resumes, Interviews, etc.) 
• Barrier Resolution Workshop 
• Money Management Workshop 
• Various other Job Preparation & Retention Activities 

The Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center / DYPAC     
Trenton Village Theatre
2447 W. Jefferson
Trenton, MI  48183
Phone:  734-673-9507    
Email: dypac@dypac.com
Website:  www.dypac.com
A state-of-the-art performance center, focusing on youth, is our dream. It is our
hope that through teamwork and determination this dream may be turned into
a reality.This dream is based on the belief that there is a need for a quality facility
in the Downriver area, and the fact that there is an abundance of talent in the youth
of Downriver. Children ages 5 to 19 can audition. Children selected for roles are
required to become a DYPAC member. We sometimes cast children who are younger
than 5 with the Director’s approval.

Creative Characters Youth Theater / Allen Park Parks & Recreation Dept.
Classes held at:
Allen Park Community Center
15800 White St.
Allen Park, MI  48101  
Phone: 313-595-5972
Email: creativecharacters2007@gmail.com
Website: http://www.freewebs.com/creativecharacters



DETROIT & OUT-WAYNE COUNTY

Northeast Guidance Center's Family Life Center
Samaritan Center
5555 Conner Street    Suite 244
Detroit, MI
Phone: 313-579-0673
Website:  www.neguidance.org
Program provides FREE drop-in day care at the Children's Corner for parents
who are conducting job searches at the One Stop Career Centeror attending
appointments at the Samaritan Center. Open for business Monday through
Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and parents are allowed to leave their children
there for up to three hours per week. Families are also encouraged to participate
in theTuesday Creative Fun Days which include storytelling, arts & crafts and sing-
alongs. The Center also conducts Tuesday evening tutoring clinics from 5 p.m.
to 7 p.m. for adults and children..

City Year Detroit
1 Ford Place
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  313-874-682
Website:  www.cityyear.org
A domestic version of the Peace Corp., City Year participants tutor and mentor schoolchildren and do community projects. Participants must be 17 to 24 years
old, U.S. citizens or legal residents and have either a high school diploma or GED,
or agree to pursue a GED while in the program.  Members work about 50 hours
a week for 10 months.  They must earn a minimum of 1,700 total service hours.
Participants receive a weekly living allowance of about $200. They receive a $4,725
education award each year that they participate. They can serve up to two years.

Crescendo Detroit
18696 Cherrylawn
Detroit, MI 48221
Phone: 313-310-3383
Email:  Dkcrutcher@crescendodetroit.org
Website: www.crescendodetroit.org
Crescendo Detroit, a 501c3 nonprofit was incorporated in January 2013.
Crescendo Detroit has offered youth between the ages of 5 and 18 extracurricular
programs centered on instrumental music and dance. Located in the Dexter-Davison neighborhood, our program is inspired by the “El Sistema” in Venezuela, a program
of free classical music education to youth that started in 1975.
&
Crescendo Detroit offers a truly unique afterschool and summer experience for its participants. Generally, enrichment programs are centrally located requiring parents
to transport their children. For many families without a car, this proves a high barrier
to participation. We believe that access is important regardless of financial means.
Because of this, we chose to locate in the neighborhood so that the center is close
to where student participants live.



LENAWEE COUNTY

Catholic Charities of Lenawee
199 North Broad Street
Adrian, MI  49221
Phone:  517-263-2191
Website: www.CatholicCharitiesLenawee.com
Sponsors Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Lenawee County. Serves over 350
youth through one-to-one traditional and site-based programs, including the Lunch
Buddy program, the E-mail Buddy program between local high school Honor Society students and elementary students,tutoring programs and more. 

The Christian Family Centre / The Centre
1800 West U.S. Highway 223
Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: 517-263-6232
E-mail: morta@lenawee.org
Website: http://www.thecentre.info
The Christian Family Centre, or The Centre, exists to serve Lenawee County and surrounding communities by being a world-class choice for one’s physical, social,
and spiritual wellness with Jesus Christ being the center.  Offers a wide variety of
services!



MACOMB COUNTY

FAR Therapeutic and Performing Arts & Recreation
1669 W. Maple
Birmingham, MI  48009
Phone:  248-646-3347
Email: info@FAR-therapy.org
Website: http://www.far-therapy.org
LOCATIONS:
First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham
1669 W. Maple Rd.
Birmingham, MI  48009
AND
Macomb Sessions
St. Thomas Community Presbyterian Church
55355 Mound Road
Shelby Twp., MI  48316
AND
Friday Night Parties
Knox Auditorium at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham
Location may occasionally vary. Please call the office to confirm at (248) 646-3347
1669 W. Maple Rd.
Birmingham, MI  48009
AND
Ice Skating & Michigan FAR Flyers / Varsity Hockey Practice
John Lindell Ice Arena
1403 Lexington Blvd.
Royal Oak, MI 48073
AND
Bowling
Hartfield Lanes
3490 Twelve Mile Rd
Berkley, MI 48072
FAR uses the term arts and recreation therapy to encompass three kinds of therapy:
Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Recreation Therapy.
Thanks to the generous support of FAR donors, FAR offers limited scholarship
opportunities to individuals and families facing financial difficulties. The application
process is anonymous and strictly confidential.  Eligibility is based on a sliding
scale that considers household income and expenses as well as previous
attendance history (if applicable). Scholarship applications must be submitted
at least two weeks prior to registration. Applicants must include copies of their
most recent tax returns and other supporting income documentation with the
application in order to be considered. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion
of the FAR Scholarship Committee and are dependent upon the availability of
scholarship funds.


MONROE COUNTY

YMCA Francis Family (Bedford)                        
200 W. Dean Road
Temperance, MI  48182
Phone:  734-847-2417
AND
YMCA of Monroe
1111 W. Elm Ave.
Monroe,  MI  48162
Phone:  734-241-2606
Website:  www.ymcaofmonroe.org
Has a wide variety of programs for the entire family.



OAKLAND COUNTY

FAR Therapeutic and Performing Arts & Recreation
1669 W. Maple
Birmingham, MI  48009
Phone:  248-646-3347
Email: info@FAR-therapy.org
Website: http://www.far-therapy.org
LOCATIONS:
First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham
1669 W. Maple Rd.
Birmingham, MI  48009
AND
Macomb Sessions
St. Thomas Community Presbyterian Church
55355 Mound Road
Shelby Twp., MI  48316
AND
Friday Night Parties
Knox Auditorium at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham
Location may occasionally vary. Please call the office to confirm at (248) 646-3347
1669 W. Maple Rd.
Birmingham, MI  48009
AND
Ice Skating & Michigan FAR Flyers / Varsity Hockey Practice
John Lindell Ice Arena
1403 Lexington Blvd.
Royal Oak, MI 48073
AND
Bowling
Hartfield Lanes
3490 Twelve Mile Rd
Berkley, MI 48072
FAR uses the term arts and recreation therapy to encompass three kinds of therapy:
Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Recreation Therapy.
Thanks to the generous support of FAR donors, FAR offers limited scholarship
opportunities to individuals and families facing financial difficulties.The application
process is anonymous and strictly confidential.  Eligibility is based on a sliding
scale that considers household income and expenses as well as previous
attendance history (if applicable). Scholarship applications must be submitted
at least two weeks prior to registration.  Applicants must include copies of their
most recent tax returns and other supporting income documentation with the
application in order to be considered. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion
of the FAR Scholarship Committee and are dependent upon the availability of
scholarship funds.



WASHTENAW COUNTY

Peace Neighborhood Center
111 North Maple
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734-622-3564
Website:  www.peaceneighborhoodcenter.org
Serves children, families, and individuals with after-school programs, summer
day camps, and emergency assistance. Also offers Mentor program.

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
1900 Manchester
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
Phone: 734-971-8800
Website: www.gshvc.org
Serves girls 5-17 with a single gender, values-based program that promotes
competence, develops character and citizenship and helps to prevent many
of the social problems facing our youth. Informal educational activities include
career exploration, leadership training, and resident & /day camp and community
service.

Ann Arbor YMCA
400 West Washington
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
Phone: 734-996-9622
Website: https://www.annarborymca.org/
Provides diverse services for youth, families and adults in recreation, fitness,
sports, childcare, day and residential camping.

Ann Arbor Community Center
625 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI  48108
Phone: 734-662-3128
Website: http://www.annarbor-communitycenter.org
Offers the following Programs:
G.R.O.W. Girls Recognizing Our Worth
Summer Program for girls ages 5th - 9th grade
B.L.A.S.T. Boys Learning And Standing Tall
Summer Program for boys ages 5th - 9th grade
Youth Under Construction
Program for ages 16-21 call or contact AACC for details, this program shows
you how to earn some money, a GED, and a skill!
African American Dance Classes
Saturdays and Sundays open to men and women boys and girls.
Hap Ki Do
All ages and open to men and women, boys and girls!
Music Class
2nd-5th graders! .
Zumba Classes
Tuesdays
Smart Cooking Classes 
Tuesdays

Huron Valley Boys and Girls Club
220 North Park Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734-481-0266
Offers program activities in character and leadership, education and career
development, health and life skills, art and sports, fitness and recreation.

The Neutral Zone
310 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
Phone: 734-214-9995
Email: info@neutral-zone.org
Website: www.neutral-zone.org
Neutral Zone offers more than 20 programs for high school teens in the areas
of visual and media arts, education, music technology, literary arts and community leadership.  If a teen has never been to Neutral Zone before, we suggest they look
at our program offerings and if one (or more!) interests them, they come at that
day and time.

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