AYUSA Global Youth Exchange                                                      
600 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 1-888-552-9872
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.

ASSE International Student Exchange Program     
Phone: 800-677-2773   (eastern regional office)

Youths For Understanding                                                                  
YFU is one of the world's largest and most respected international educational exchange organizations.
A network 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.

World Heritage Student Exchange Program            
277 Lower Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
Phone: 949-342-1777   OR Toll Free: (800) 888-9040
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.

City of Detroit Sister Cities Summer Program            
Phone: 313-224-3757  OR  800-649-3777
For more than 50 years, the City of Detroit and Toyota City, Japan have enjoyed a vibrant relationship
as sister cities. The main component of this relationship is an annual cultural exchange program for
high school students, which began in 1965. Detroit high school students visit Toyota one year, while Toyota students visit Detroit the following year. The City of Detroit seeks high school students who reside in Detroit to visit Toyota City, Japan for two weeks during the summer. Preference is given to Detroit residents, however the City will consider individuals who live outside Detroit. The families of
the selected exchange students must agree to serve as hosts for the Detroit Sister Cities Program.
Meals, accommodations and activities will be taken care of by the Toyota government or the host
families. Each participant including the chaperones will stay with a host family

Youth for Christ
National Office:
7670 S. Vaughn Ct.
Englewood, MI  80112
Phone:  303-843-9000
Particularly good for military youth who relocate! An international group!
State Office: 
5222 Dumond Ct
Lansing, MI 48917
Phone:  517-322-2091
St. Clair County Youth for Christ
PO Box 610533
Port Huron, MI  48061-0533
Phone: 810-982-9551
Email:   (Kevin Collins)
YYFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church
and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by
their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for
sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

National Outdoor Leadership School            
284 Lincoln Street
Lander, WY 82520-2848
Phone:  800-710-6657  OR  307-332-1220
We believe positive, ethical leaders change the world. Based on this belief, NOLS has,over the last
46 years, become the leader in wilderness education. Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer
Paul Petzoldt, 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
Break Away's mission is to train, assist, and connect campuses and communities in promoting
quality alternative break programs that inspire lifelong active citizenship.  Break Away's vision
is a society of active citizens: people who value the community as a priority when making life
decisions. 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: 810-736-8891
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.

United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps               
Phone: 248-685-9568
Since 1958 the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been committed to providing American youth
with a drug and alcohol-free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their
horizons through hands-on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults.
Many units located throughout Michigan!

Pacific International Exchange     
Stockton Campus
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211
Phone:  866-546-1402
A non-profit educational organization for students who are between the ages of 15 and 18
to travel and study abroad from one semester to a full academic year.


Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy             
3411 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lansing, MI  48906
Phone: 517-481-8083
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 Pre-ChalleNGe 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.
The hands-on STARBASE 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.

Michigan State University Extension                                  
Youth programs throughout Michigan.


Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)     
305 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-9639-7172 ext. 1
The CYO enriches families and strengthens communities across S.E. Michigan through youth
programs (Athletics, Camps, Spiritual Scouting and Youth Leadership) that embrace the love
and example of Jesus Christ. Serves S.E. Michigan, ages 7-18.

Arts & Scraps                
16135 Harper
Detroit,  MI  48224
Phone:  313-640-4411
Uses recycled materials to help all ages and abilities think, create and learn.  Serves Wayne,
Macomb and Oakland counties, ages 3 to adult,  focusing on under-served children.  Watch
the website calendar for event activities all over the metro area.  Registration is online through
the site. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit        
7700 Second Avenue   Suite 602
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  313-309-9250
Mission is to provide children facing adversity with professionally supported one-to-one relationships that are safe, strong and enduring to change their lives for the better.  Serves ages 7 to 16 and Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan           
26777 Halsted Road    Suite 100
Farmington Hills, MI  48331-3560
Phone:  248-522-4419
A youth development organization providing after-school and summer programs that help youth
grow up to be responsible, self-reliant and caring adults.  Serves ages 6-18, grades 1 -12.  Serves
Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties with Clubs in Auburn Hills, Belleville, Detroit (4), Highland Park, Pontiac, Romulus, Shelby Twp., and Ypsilanti.  The Boys and Girls Clubs of  MI
has a great program for kids during the summer.  The cost is typically $50 per child for the whole

Camp Casey                                         
333 W. 7th St., Suite 230
Royal Oak, MI  48067
Phone:  877-388-8315  ext. 1
A nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer and their families.  Ages served
is 0-17 and their families Serves all of Michigan with an emphasis on S.E. MI. 

Kids Kicking Cancer                                  
645 Griswold Street  Suite 444
Detroit, MI  48226
Phone:  313-557-0021
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 in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties.

YouthVille Detroit         
7375 Woodward Ave. 
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  313-3099-1403
Promotes positive youth development by providing young people with safe space, broad opportunities and supports, and caring, responsible adults.  Structured classes are offered within the core areas of academic enrichment and career development; leadership development and community service; digital media arts and technology; cultural arts; and healthy life skills.  Serves ages 11 to 19 in S.E. Michigan.

Girl Scouts of S.E. Michigan             
Detroit Service Center / Council Shop
3011 W. Grand Blvd.
500 Fisher Bldg.
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  313-870-2600
Clinton Twp. Service Center / Council Shop
42800 Garfield
Clinton Township,  MI  48038
Phone: 586-263-6320
Flint, MI
Port Huron Service Center / Council Shop
2186 Water Street
Port Huron, MI  48060
Phone: 810-984-2206
White Lake Service Center / Council Shop
8545 Highland Road
White Lake, MI  48386
Phone:  248-666-5377
Monroe Outreach Office
28 S. Macomb St.
Monroe, MI 48161
On January 1, 2009, as part of the national Girl Scout realignment movement, four Girl Scout councils
in S.E. Michigan merged to create one high-capacity, high-performance council. Michigan Waterways, Metro Detroit, Macomb County-Otsikita, Fair Winds, and portions of Huron Valley merged to become
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM).  We serve over 38,000 girls and adults in Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac and parts of Wayne, Monroe and Livingston Counties.
Our organization provides a girl-centered, fun-filled, quality leadership experience in partnership with mentoring adults that meets the needs of girls in a fast-changing world and ensures a lifelong connection with Girl Scouting. Partnered with community and infused with the principles of inclusion and diversity, GSSEM is vital and strong, and is the premier leadership organization for girls.
Scholarship funds are usually available for troop activities and camp!

Detroit Tigers Kids Club                
Phone: 313-471-2274
Check this website for free and low-cost activities for kids!

YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit
985 E. Jefferson Avenue  Suite 101
Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: 313-259-9922


Girls on the Run of Greater Detroit / YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit     
Phone:  734-282-9622
Email:   (Maria Diaz)
For girls in third through eighth grades; a 10-week program that helps build young girl's self-esteem
and healthy living through running, games, workouts and themed discussions.

The Downriver Community Conference
14100 Northline Road  Suite #179
Southgate, MI  48195
Phone: 734-362-7045
Offers Tutoring & Study Skills Training, FREE GED PREP, Guidance & Counseling, FREE Career Assessment, Employment opportunities & FREE Job Search Assistance and FREE Assistance
with job related needs, FREE Life Skills Workshops, Job Shadowing and Internships, Occupational
Skills training, Follow-Up Services for at least one year.
Youth Assistance Programs
Prevention and intervention services are provided to at-risk youth ages 7 to 16 and their families
at no cost.  Program components vary by community.  Each program may include mentoring,
individual and group counseling, parent support and information and work service.
Programs are offered in the following communities:
Allen Park, Brownstown Twp., Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Rockwood, Southgate, Woodhaven  call:   734-287-1702
Ecorse, River Rouge call 313-554-4942
Lincoln Park call 383-928-3076
Romulus, Belleville call 734-455-4902
Trenton call 734-675-7302
Wyandotte call 734-324-7268

Think Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL)     
111 West Willis
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313-833-1600
Every year, Think Detroit Police Athletic League provides sports and after-school programs
for 10,000 Detroit youth, age 4 to 19.

Rhonda Walker Foundation        
P.O. Box 251746,
West Bloomfield, MI  48325
Phone: 800-625-2989
The Rhonda Walker Foundation was founded in 2003 with a mission to empower inner city teen
girls toward be coming strong confident, successful and moral future leaders. Our core program,
Girls into Women is a five year program for teen girls starting in their 8th grade year and continuing
until they graduate from high school. Over the 5 years the girls come together monthly for workshops, seminars, retreats, field trips and camps every month. These events focus on career and personal development. We also have a strong mentoring program where every teen is matched with an adult mentor. Please visit our Programs page to learn more.

Alternatives for Girls
903 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI  48208
Phone:  313-361-4000 OR  Crisis Line: 888-AFG-3919
Helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy
and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources, and
opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong, and to make positive choices in their lives.
Also has a Shelter Program that provides a stable home, counseling and life skills to homeless
young women aged 15-21 and their children. 

Westside Cultural & Athletic Club  (WCAC-Detroit)       
3748 West Hancock
Detroit, MI  48208
Phone: 313-898-5185
Open to all those who live within our organizations boundaries (primarily Senior citizens, children and youths ages 5 to 18).  Our boundaries are between West-Scotten Street, East-Jefferies freeway, North -
I-94 freeway, South-Nail Street.
Services Provided:
Seasonal sports, Conflict Resolution classes, Life Skills sessions, Homework tutoring, Nutrition classes, Community garden experience, Summer Youth Employment through the City of Detroit, Teen Club, Volunteer experiences, Cultural Enrichment, Adopt-a-Grandparent program, Arts and Crafts, Adopt-a-Little Sister program, African-American History, Educational Table Games, Talent Shows, Olympic Day, Peer Mentoring, Neighborhood Clean-up, Field Trips to Cultural Events, Annual Community Reunion, Educational and fun events.

The Guidance Center                                 
​13101 Allen Road   Building # 4
Southgate, MI  48195
Phone:  734-785-7700           Crisis Line:  888-711-5465
The Guidance Center has 7 Community Resource Centers (CRC) throughout the Downriver area. Community Resource Centers are conveniently located in Southgate, River Rouge, Flat Rock, Belleville, Lincoln Park, Romulus and Taylor.  They offer a very WIDE variety of services including therapeutic and family and early childhood resources.
This is just one example:
Flat Rock Program
Old Flat Rock High School on Gibraltar Road
Flat Rock, MI 48134
Phone: 734-789-8456 Maggie
This program includes an hour and a half of:
Open Play
Interaction for Adult and Children
Informational Hand-outs
Interactive Discussions
Snack & Story Time
Lending Book/Toy Library
and many other FREE family resources!

Matrix Human Services--Vistas Nuevas Head Start     
2051 Rosa Parks Blvd. Suite 1K
Detroit, MI 48216
Phone: 313-962-5255
Matrix Head Start (MHS) (est. 1981), operates in Detroit’s Southwest Head Start service area,
and has grown to be the largest Head Start provider in the city. Currently, operating from multiple program sites, MHS provides high-quality comprehensive services.  MHS is an integral part of the community and in the lives of children and families. It is a federally funded, comprehensive program serving low-income children three to five years of age, special needs children and their families.
As a bilingual, multicultural program, MHS is sensitive to the cultural differences, strengths and uniqueness of our community. The traditions and celebrations, which bring hope, joy, and unity
to the families served, are respected.

The Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center / DYPAC     
Trenton Village Theatre
2447 W. Jefferson
Trenton, MI  48183
Phone:  734-673-9507    
A  501c3 organization, DYPAC is the abbreviation for Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center.
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       
Phone: 313-595-5972

Change The Culture Of Violence
Wayne County Prosecutor's Office--Kim Worthy
Darryl Earl, Program Coordinator
Phone: Andrea Williams 313-873-7585
Provides programs to grades 6th thru 8th offering alternatives to violence with conflict resolution.

Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corp.
Phone:  313-873-0064
Provides youth programs to residents of the central Detroit area.

Mt. Calvary
8129 Packard
Warren, MI  49089
Phone: 586-759-3895
Provides family education services through early literacy programs for families with children up to
age 5, after-school programs for children 6-14, teen mentoring project for youth 14-17, GED program.
For residents of Detroit and South Macomb county.

Matrix Human Services
13560 E. McNichols
Detroit, MI
A nonprofit human services agency near Osborn High School on the city's east side offers an after-school program for kids, Head Start, adult education and a literacy program

Youth Creations
Phone: 734-834-3299
If you are between the ages of 12 and 18 and live in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor OR Detroit area, you are invited to be part of the fun youth gospel choir.

Inkster Youth Assistance
715 S. Inkster Road
Inkster, MI  48141
Phone: 313-277-2450
Prevents at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice system by providing 12-week counseling and family education.  The program is available to Inkster residents who are between the ages of 8 and 16 years old.  It is a voluntary program that requires parental consent.  In order for youth to participate,
they must have committed a "ticketable" offense.

Kid's Club/21st Century Learning Center
30000 Hiveley
Inkster, MI  48141 
Phone: 734-728-3400
Monday-Friday; 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. during the school year.  During the summer months the program
runs all day. Students must have their own transportation. This program is open to school-aged
children between 6 and 12 years old who attend Inkster and Westwood public schools. Affords
youth the opportunity to participate in enriching educational and recreational after-school activities during the after-school and summer months.  Students receive homework assistance, engage in craft activities and the performing arts, and participate in team sports such as basketball.  In addition to this, students develop their interpersonal skills, engage in meaningful discussions about current issues,
grow a vegetable garden in the summer months, and participate in fun and educational field trips.

715 S. Inkster Road
Inkster, MI  48141
Phone: 313-277-2450
ASSETS (Assisting Students to Succeed with Education, Training and Support)
helps adolescents who have the potential of taking a "wrong-turn" build life skills necessary to avoid
the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs thru 12 week group counseling sessions, guest speakers, and "Adventure Challenge" activities.  Through the summer months, ASSETS Summer Youth Leadership program offers youth ages 11-14 the opportunity to engage in "reality-based" activities that help strengthen their personal attributes and assets and develop leadership skills.  This is a voluntary program that requires parent consent.  There are no residency requirements or limitations; youth must
be between the ages of 11 to 17. This program runs Monday thru Friday and hours vary according to group times and there are some field trips on weekends.

Trips for Kids Detroit
Phone: 313-850-7851
A non-profit that uses outdoor adventures to build character, self-esteem, teamwork and environmental awareness in Michigan's urban youth. Mountain-biking events, and through a sister-program, Detroit Adventure Youth, they do hiking, snowshoeing, camping and canoeing events--all things metro Detroit area kids might not otherwise have access to.  Ages 8-17.  Events are typically 5-6 hours long OR can
be overnight (often they camp for 3 or 4 days).  In session from late January to December.

Child & Family Institute
104 Lothrop Landing
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone: 313-874-5820 ext. 2230
Website: OR
Parent enrichment, law-related education: Street Law Program/Teaching Law in High School Program, Conflict Resolution: P.E.A.C.E. Program, alcohol and drug awareness, motivational speaking/concerts, after-school programming and professional development seminars.

The Children's Center
Phone: 313-831-5535  ext. 1146
Offers 25 programs to aid children with many challenges throughout Metro Detroi

Youth Entrepreneur Alcohol, Tobacco & Drug Prevention Program
The Samaritan Center
5555 Connor
Detroit, MI
Phone: 313-579-1888
Students in 9th thru 12th grade.  You must register

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
150 Stinson
Detroit, MI  48226
Phone:  313-993-4700
Recreational services and after-school programs in Highland Park.

Northeast Guidance Center's Family Life Center
Samaritan Center
5555 Conner Street, Suite 2441
Detroit, MI
Phone: 313-579-0673
Program provides FREE drop-in day care at the Children's Corner for parents who are conducting
job searches at the One Stop Career Center or 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 the Tuesday 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..

The Good Kid Program & The Rapping Mentor Program
The initiative requires participating children to sign and follow an agreement that is shared with
their parents and teachers. The group specializes in songwriting, production, personalized songs
and performing.

Michigan Kids, Inc.
For more information about the free or low-cost newspaper-based educational programs
(and contests!) offered by the Detroit Free Press and Michigan K.I.D.S., please visit the Newspapers
in Education Website at

Detroit Pistons and Detroit Shock/ Pistons-Palace Foundation
For more information on the Pistons-Palace Foundation and community programming offered
by the NBA Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock, please visit

Detroit Crusaders T.E.A.M. (Tutoring-Educating-Achieving-Mentoring)
Phone:  313-850-2666
Boys and Girl's basketball teams ages 6-12, mentoring, tournament travel and sightseeing
while traveling, tutoring, workshops.

Hartford Agape House
18515 James Couzens Hwy.
Detroit MI  48235
Phone:  313-861-1200
Youth and teen programming for the following zip codes:  48221, 48219, 48235.
Call for additional information.

Latino Family Services
3815 W. Fort Street
Detroit MI  48216
Phone:  313-841-7380
Provides a wide range of community, family, and youth services.

2651 Saulino Court
Dearborn MI 48120
Phone:  313-842-7010
After-school homework assistance, outreach educational services, summer-intensive literacy program, supplemental education services (Spanish, Arabic, soccer, drumming), interactive parent and child activities, educational and recreational field trips, teen dialogue groups, sports programs, summer
youth academic and recreational programs, career training for summer youth leaders, weekend programs, students in transition program, WIA youth program, volunteerism and job experience/Vista/MAP/Students internship. 
The Kids Club of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Phone: 313-581-1201  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays

Volunteers in Prevention, Probation and Prisons, Inc.
Grand Park Centre
28 West Adams, Suite 1310
Detroit, MI  48226
Phone:  313-964-1110
Dedicated to matching youths--ages 7 to 14--with responsible, caring adult mentors for a minimum
of one year.   For more than 35 years, VIP has been helpful in breaking the cycle of truancy, dependency, abuse and incarceration for at-risk children and adults.

Metro Detroit Mentor Collaboration
Phone:  586-294-8449

Detroit Youth Initiative
Phone:  586-879-7529   Ask for Jennifer
The program targets children ages 8-12 but will consider kids of all ages who show a strong passion
for the arts.  This non-profit organization aims to expose at-risk youth from Detroit and surrounding communities to fine and performing arts education.

Public Benefit Corporation/SCOOPTV
Phone:  313-965-3565
SCOOPTV is an after-school video production training program for young people between the ages
of 14-17 who live in the city of Detroit.  The hands-on training allows the opportunity for learning to
write, produce and create videos--all the basic skills--under the direction of media professionals, using high-tech tools and industry-standard equipment.  SCOOPTV makes available both beginner classes
as well classes for students with some experience.  New classes begin in October and February of
each school year.  Classes are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for beginners/ 12 p.m. to
3 p.m. for the intermediate group.  The classes will meet for 11 weeks.   Each student's work is showcased at Phoenix Theatre in Detroit where family and friends are invited to share in the moment
on the "big screen".  MYTV20 has been a strong supporter and the station offers prizes for the best
work, and it airs several of the student's accomplishments on the air.

United Generation Council Theatrical Troupe
Phone:  313-554-0328  OR 313-515-5008
The United Generation Council Theatrical Troupe is driven by the goal of teaching the facts related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and equipping out youth with outreach skills to be used today and beyond.  This group, consisting of 20 girls, ages 8-14, gives more than 50 performances a year, delivering its messages to churches, schools and the Detroit and surrounding communities.  There are also other camping and outdoor adventures for the girls!

Madison Community Resource Center
5470 McKinley
Detroit, MI
Phone:  313-903-6099  OR  313-574-4813
Tutoring, mentoring and summer youth program

Joy-Southfield Health & Education Center
18917 Joy
Detroit, MI  48228
Phone:  313-493-9767
Youth education & mentor program

30000 Hively Road
Inkster, MI  48141-1089
Phone:  734-728-3400
18 service centers.  Various programs including:  After Baby Comes, Early Head Start,
Great Parents/Great Start (literacy program), Head Start, Michigan School Readiness Program.

Vanguard Community Development Corporation / Second Ebenezer Church
Boys 2 Men program
Phone:  313-872-7831 ext. 22
An innovative drop-out prevention and recovery program centered around cultural relevancy, best practices, and research on effective educational programs for young African-American males in Urban areas.  This program is designed specifically to bridge the gap for African-American males, ages 12-25 who feel displaced by the educational system and as a result, become displaced from the workforce. Leadership skills, mentors, life skills training, GED assistance, opportunities to earn college credit as
well as scholarships.

City Year Detroit
1 Ford Place
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  313-874-6825
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.

Arab American National Museum/ SURA Arts Academy
Munger Elementary School
5525 Martin Street
Detroit, MI
Phone:  313-624-0210
Digital photography instruction program with a diversity theme that caters to 6th to 8th grade students from Southwest Detroit.  For the current semester, students meet every Tuesday after school from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.  The entire program is free!
Free Craft Sundays for ages 6-12
Two hour craft-making sessions in the Arab American National Museum
Hands-on interactive displays throughout the Museum's permanent exhibits
Eternal Egypt Kiosk
Offering an interactive, video-game-like interface designed by IBM and historic preservationists in Egypt. Kids can visit ancient Egypt and its many fascinating artifacts.  Located in the Museum's Library & Resource Center. Free and open to the public.  Admission to the museum is FREE on Sundays for everybody!

The Salvation Army Detroit Brightmoor Corps AfterSchool Programs
15133 Burgess
Detroit, MI  48223
Phone: 313-532-1500 ext. 102
Low-cost ($5 a month per child) afterschool programming Monday-Friday

Project Hope International
Phone:  248-797-1762
Peer-based Mentorship Program

Barnabas Youth Enterprises
3530 Grand River
Detroit, MI  48208
Phone:  313-831-4488
Email:    Stanley Edwards
A Presbyterian supported ministry.

American Indian Health & Family Service
4880 Lawndale
Detroit, MI  48210
Phone: 313-846-6030 OR 313-846-3718
Youth & Teen programs, Traditional Teachings, Tutoring, Summer Programs and Field Trips.


Catholic Charities of Lenawee
199 North Broad Street
Adrian, MI  49221
Phone:  517-263-2191
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 Macomb County 4-H program is organizing a cat club.  The group is seeking members ages
5 to 19.  Monthly meetings would focus on all things cats:  arts and crafts, personal stories and
videos.  The meetings will be held at the 4-H office, 21885 Dunham in Clinton Township.  Interested families should call 586-469-6431 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m

Girl Scouts of Macomb County


Boy Scouts of America--Great Sauk Trail
Phone:  734-971-7100  OR  734-971-5043  Andy Tata

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

Camp Fire Boys & Girls Wathana Council
Phone: 734-240-2840
Self-reliance courses, Star-Flight Adventurers, Discovery and Horizon groups.

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Monroe County, Inc.
28 S. Macomb Street
Monroe, MI 
Phone:  734-242-8540

Medical Venturing
Mercy Memorial Hospital
718 N. Macomb Street
Monroe, MI  49221
Phone: 734-240-4545
This is a group for youths 14-21 who are interested in health care as a career.

Arthur Lesow Community Center
Phone: 734-241-4313
Youth groups such as Kid's Club, Teen Club, and Girls Club among other activities.

Spirit of Dance
105 E. Front Street, Suite 303
Monroe, MI  48161
Phone:  734-497-6283
Classes are held twice a week during the school year and three to four times a week throughout
the summer.  The group performs throughout the county and is accepting out-of-state shows. 
Ages 11 to 18 and the only requirement is to help out with fundraiser's.

The Frenchtown Township Fire Dept. wants to start a paid-on-call program fall of 2007 with seniors
at Jefferson High School and the community to increase its membership.  Participants would be
trained as cadets and learn such things as putting on turnout gear, how to use self-contained
breathing apparatuses and the proper way to lay water hoses on a fire truck.  They would also
learn about operations of the fire dept.  The cadets will have a chance to earn Firefighter 1 or 2 status.

Lace Up for Youth
Phone: 734-242-1300
Under the program, kids would be enrolled in beginner skating lessons, get assistance in paying
for skates and other equipment and later, taught the game of hockey.  The charity would act like a scholarship fund, providing money to pay for the necessities.  Children for the program would be
chosen through the Arthur Lesow Community Center's Kids Club, which provides other activities
for area kids.

Monroe Jugglers
Manor Elementary School
1731 W. Lorain Street
Monroe, MI 
The Monroe Jugglers meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.  Activities include unicyclists, yo-yoing,
diabolo, devil stick, chatting, learning, etc.


Achilles Track--Michigan Chapter                            
Phone:  248-788-7878  ext. 213
Volunteers work with club participants who have disabilities such as low-vision or blindness, developmental disabilities, or disorders such as autism.

Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County
Phone:  248-544-4166
Offers programs in six core areas including character and leadership development, the arts,
health and life skills, sports, fitness & physical recreation and career development and education. 
Also provides specialized programs including parent support groups, family and individual crisis counseling, emergency financial assistance, college scholarships and community service.

Oakland County Youth Assistance
Oakland County Circuit Courthouse
1200 N. Telegraph, Building 14 East
Pontiac, MI 
Phone:  248-858-0041
"Mentor Plus" program for youths 5 to 16 years old.  Offers training for volunteers to be positive
role models for kids and teens.  FREE!

Children of Promise Program
Phone: 248-451-1784
Mentors for children aged 4 to 18 whose parents are incarcerated.

Lighthouse of Oakland County, Inc.
Phone: 248-920-6060
Mentor program, Kid's Cafe after-school program

Chippewa Valley School District invites parents of American Indian heritage to enroll their children
in a special program!   Under an Indian education grant, kids who have a parent or grandparent of
Indian ancestry are eligible for free tutoring, history and cultural workshops and indirect assistance
for families in need of health care, food and clothing.  Obtain enrollment forms at  For information, call 586-615-1045 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Building Bridges Through Creativity
3360 Charlevoix
Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: 313-237-3251
Building Bridges is a program of the Detroit Opera House.  Open to kids from the ages of 11 and 18
and reside in Detroit's 48207 zip code.  Dance classes include modern, ballet, African, hip-hop and creative movement.  Choreography will be taught and students will perform their own work.  Also composing music, writing sons, singing and acting.  Also an improvisational theater class has begun. Participants will also be treated to two operas and dance performances.  Students will be
eligible for summer scholarships in the Michigan Opera Theater  Create Opera programs, Learning
at the Opera House programs, Summer Dance Intensives and Master classes. 
Everything is FREE.  If transportation is a concern, you can even qualify for a ride!

Let's Play Ball
Youth Development Commission
Registration Fair:  For ages 6 to 18 to register for a variety of spring, summer and fall sports and recreational activities.  Coaches and representatives from youth baseball, soccer, track-and-field,
football, cheerleading, golf and dance, along with other programs will be on site with lots of infor-
mation to share and registration materials to hand out. There will be prize giveaways and lots of surprises!

Variety FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts
Main Website:
Detroit Website:
Offers programs for pre-school thru adulthood.  Classes in music, art, dance, theatre arts, softball,
ice skating, gymnastics, garden club, cooking club, adaptive swimming, bowling, and hockey. 
Also has teen and adult clubs.

Horizons Upward Bound
100 male high school students can participate at the end of 8th grade.  Open to high schools
in Detroit, Highland Park, Berkeley and Pontiac.

Grace Centers of Hope
35 E. Huron
Pontiac, MI  48342
Phone:  248-334-2187
After-school programs and summer programs, "The Kid's Clubhouse", offers GED help.

Westland Therapeutic Recreation Program
Kicks 4 Kids
Westland Youth AssistanceProgram
Phone:  734-722-7620

Detroit Children's Choir
Phone:  248-661-9881
Detroit children from third to eighth grades who like to sing, or who want to learn how to sing
better, are invited to register for the Detroit Children's Choir. 

Teacher's Pet
Kinglsey Montgomery School
Waterford, MI
Phone:  248-930-2909
Teacher's Pet is a program that pairs shelter dogs with school kids who are emotionally or cognitively-impaired for a combination of mentoring and dog obedience.  Teacher's Pet runs two 10-week sessions at the above school in northwest Oakland County but plans to expand to other school districts.  Each session pairs six middle and high school students with their own dog for twice-weekly meetings. Throughout the program, students teach the dogs obedience training so that they can be put up for adoption.


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

3879 Packard Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-1900
Offers youth services-including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, individual and family services.

Girl Scouts of the Huron Valley Council
1900 Manchester
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734-971-8800
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
Provides diverse services for youth, families and adults in recreation, fitness, sports, childcare,
day and residential camping.

Ann Arbor Community Center
625 North Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-662-3128
Provides individual and family counseling, youth groups, recreation, day camp.

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
"Chillin" Drop-In program, Music, Literacy and Art and Leadership Programs. 
Computer lab and tutoring also.

Youth Creations
Phone: 734-834-3499
If you are between the ages of 12 and 18 and live in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor OR Detroit area,
you are invited to join the fun youth gospel choir.

Ypsilanti Youth Drop-In Center
102 N. Hamilton
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734-485-2222



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