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NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL STUDENT/YOUTH PROGRAMS

AYUSA Global Youth Exchange                                 JUST UPDATED 12/28/2013                          
600 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 1-888-552-9872
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.


ASSE International Student Exchange Program      JUST ADDED 1/7/2014
Phone: 800-677-2773   (eastern regional office)
Email:  asseusaeast@asse.com 
Website:  http://asse.com


Youths For Understanding                                          JUST UPDATED 12/28/2013                                 
Website: http://yfu.org/
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             JUST UPDATED 12/28/2013 
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. 


City of Detroit Sister Cities Summer Program             JUST UPDATED 12/28/2013 
Phone: 313-224-3757  OR  800-649-3777
Website: 
https://www.detroitmi.gov/DepartmentsandAgencies/SisterCitiesProgram/tabid/710/Default.aspx
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
Email:  info@yfc.net
Website:  www.yfc.org
Particularly good for military youth who relocate! An international group!
AND
State Office:  
5222 Dumond Ct
Lansing, MI 48917
Phone:  517-322-2091
Email:  lansingyfc@comcast.net
AND
St. Clair County Youth for Christ
PO Box 610533
Port Huron MI 48061-0533
Phone: 810-982-9551
Email: kjcollins3172@comcast.net   (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             JUST UPDATED 12/28/2013 
284 Lincoln Street
Lander, WY 82520-2848
Phone:  800-710-6657  OR  307-332-1220
Website:  www.nols.edu 
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                    JUST UPDATED 12/28/2013 
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.  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                        JUST UPDATED 12/28/2013 
Phone: 810-736-8891
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.


United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps                  JUST UPDATED 12/28/2013 
Phone: 248-685-9568
Website:  http://www.seacadets.org/public
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        JUST ADDED 1/7/2014
Stockton Campus
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211
Phone:  866-546-1402
Website:  http://www.pacific.edu/Academics/Services-and-Resources/International-Programs-and-Services/Exchange-Students.html
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.  



STATE OF MICHIGAN PROGRAMS:

Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy              JUST UPDATED 12/28/2013 
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 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.
AND 
STARBASE
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                                    
Website:  www.msue.msu.edu    
Youth programs throughout Michigan.



SERVES ALL OR MOST OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN:  

Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)        JUST ADDED 12/28/2013
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                 JUST ADDED 12/29/2013 
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.  Serves all of SE 
Michigan, focusing on under-served children.  Serves ages 3 to adult. 


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit          JUST ADDED 12/29/2013 
7700 Second Avenue   Suite 602
Detroit MI  48202
Phone:  313-309-9250
Website:  www.bbbsdetroit.org 
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             JUST ADDED 12/29/2013 
26777 Halsted Road    Suite 100
Farmington Hills  MI  48331-3560
Phone:  248-522-4419
Website:  www.bgcsm.org 
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. 


Camp Casey                                          JUST ADDED 12/29/2013 
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.  Ages served 
is 0-17 and their families Serves all of Michigan with an emphasis on S.E. MI.  


Kids Kicking Cancer                                   JUST ADDED 12/29/2013 
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 in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. 


YouthVille Detroit           JUST ADDED 12/29/2013
7375 Woodward Ave.  
Detroit  MI  48202
Phone:  313-3099-1403
Website:  www.youthvilledetroit.org
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              JUST UPDATED 12/29/2013
Detroit Service Center / Council Shop
3011 W. Grand Blvd.
500 Fisher Bldg.
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  313-870-2600 
AND
Clinton Twp. Service Center / Council Shop
42800 Garfield
Clinton Township,  MI  48038
Phone: 586-263-6320 
AND
NEW LOCATION COMING SOON!
Flint, MI 
AND 
Port Huron Service Center / Council Shop
2186 Water Street
Port Huron, MI  48060
Phone: 810-984-2206 
AND
White Lake Service Center / Council Shop
8545 Highland Road
White Lake, MI  48386
Phone:  248-666-5377 
AND
Monroe Outreach Office
28 S. Macomb St.
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: 
Website:  www.gssem.org 
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                  JUST UPDATED 12/29/2013 
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!  


YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit
985 E. Jefferson Avenue  Suite 101 
Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: 313-259-9922 
E-mail: ywca@ywcadetroit.org
Website:  


YMCA 




DETROIT AND METRO-DETROIT

Girls on the Run of Greater Detroit / YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit      JUST ADDED 1/7/2014
Phone:  734-282-9622
Email:  mdiaz@ymcametrodetroit.org   (Maria Diaz)
Website:  www.ymcametrodetroit.org 
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.
AND 
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)        JUST UPDATED 12/28/2013 
111 West Willis
Detroit MI 48201
Phone: 313-833-1600
Website:  www.ThinkDetroitpal.org
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         JUST UPDATED 12/29/2013 
P.O. Box 251746
West Bloomfield MI  48325
Phone: 800-625-2989
Website: www.rhondawalkerfoundation.org
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
Website:  www.alternativesforgirls.org 
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)       JUST UPDATED 12/29/2013 
3748 West Hancock
Detroit MI  48208
Phone: 313-898-5185 
Email: EricaWright4262@att.net 
Website: http://www.wcac-detroit.com/main.asp
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                                  JUST ADDED 1/1/2014
​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:
Crafts
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!

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Matrix Human Services--Vistas Nuevas Head Start       JUST UPDATED 1/18/2014 
2051 Rosa Parks Blvd. Suite 1K
Detroit, MI 48216
Phone: 313-962-5255
Email: info@matrixhumanservices.org
Website: http://www.matrixhumanservices.org
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      JUST ADDED 1/18/2014
Trenton Village Theatre
2447 W. Jefferson 
Trenton MI  48183
Phone:  734-673-9507     
Email:  ddypac@dypac.com 
Website:  www.dypac.com 
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        JUST ADDED 1/18/2014 
Phone: 313-595-5972
Email:  misskelly@creativecharacters.org
Website:  http://www.freewebs.com/creativecharacters



P.S. Center Stage Players
Southgate Community Players
ShowBiz Kids and Starz
River Raisin Youth Theatre
Downriver Artists Guild(DAG)
Wyandotte Community Theatre


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.




LEAPS AND BOUNDS FAMILY SERVICES
Mt. Calvary 
8129 Packard
Warren MI  49089
Phone: 586-759-3895
Website:   www.leapsnbounds.org
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.


ASSETS
715 S. Inkster Road
Inkster MI  48141
Phone: 313-277-2450
Website:  www.starfishonline.org
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
Website: www.tripsforkidsdetroit.org
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 Youththey 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:  www.nlsmlaw.us  OR  www.freewebs.com/wcnls
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
Website:  www.drmm.org
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
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 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
Email:  tcollier2005rappingmentor@yahoo.com
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 www.dnie.com.



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 www.pistons.com 
OR www.detroitshock.com.


Detroit Crusaders T.E.A.M. (Tutoring-Educating-Achieving-Mentoring)
Phone:  313-850-2666
Website:  www.detroitcrusaders.com
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.


ACCESS
2651 Saulino Court
Dearborn MI 48120
Phone:  313-842-7010
Website:  www.accesscommunity.org
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.  
AND
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
Website:  www.vipmentoring.org
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
Website:  www.mentorcollaboration.org


Detroit Youth Initiative
Phone:  586-879-7529   Ask for Jennifer
Website:  www.mydyi.org
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
Website:  www.pbcdetroit.org
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
Email:  joysouthfield@aol.com
Website:  www.fcglr.org
Youth education & mentor program


Starfish
30000 Hively Road
Inkster MI  48141-1089
Phone:  734-728-3400
Website:  www.starfishonline.org
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
Website:  www.vanguardcdc.org
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
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.  


Arab American National Museum/ SURA Arts Academy
Munger Elementary School
5525 Martin Street
Detroit MI
Phone:  313-624-0210
Email:  nali@accesscommunity.org
Website:  www.arabamericanmuseum.org
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!
AND
Free Craft Sundays for ages 6-12
Two hour craft-making sessions in the Arab American National Museum
AND
Hands-on interactive displays throughout the Museum's permanent exhibits
AND
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
Email:  projecthopeintl@yahoo.com
Website:  www.geocities.com/projecthopeintl
Peer-based Mentorship Program 


Barnabas Youth Enterprises
3530 Grand River
Detroit MI  48208
Phone:  313-831-4488
Email:  BarnabasYou@aol.com     Stanley Edwards 
Website:  www.BarnabasYouth.net
A Presbyterian supported ministry.


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



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.  




MACOMB COUNTY

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
Website:  www.girlscouts-macomb.org



MONROE COUNTY

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


YMCA Francis Family (Bedford)                            JUST ADDED 12/29/2013 
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. 


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 
Website:  www.bbbsmonroecounty.org


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  
Email:  monroejuggling@yahoo.com
The Monroe Jugglers meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.  Activities include unicyclists, yo-yoing, 
diabolo, devil stick, chatting, learning, etc. 



OAKLAND COUNTY

Achilles Track--Michigan Chapter                             
Phone:  248-788-7878  ext. 213
Website:  www.achillestrackclub.org
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 www.chippewavalleyschools.org.  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
Website:  www.ysrc.org
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:  www.VarietyFARconservatory.org
Detroit Website:  www.variety-detroit.com
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
Website:  www.cranbrook.edu
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
Website:  www.gracecentersofhope.org
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
Website:  www.detroitchildrenschoir.org
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
Website:  www.teacherspetmichigan.org
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.



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.


HelpSource
3879 Packard Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-1900
Website:  www.helpsourceagency.com
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
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:  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 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
Email:  info@neutral-zone.org
Website:  www.neutral-zone.org
"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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