Almost from its inception in 2001, City Connect Detroit has been providing services and supports to community stakeholders working to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families.
The agency convened the Detroit Positive Youth Development collaborative in 2002, a cross-sector community partnership that focused on increasing after-school programming in Detroit. That collaborative, which eventually raised several million dollars for after school programs that reached thousands of students in Detroit, was the springboard for an array of other community initiatives that City Connect Detroit became involved with around children, youth, and families.
The agency has most recently convened and supported collaborations to work on reengaging youth who are disconnected from school and work, connect young people to employment experiences, and develop model programming to meet the needs of youth transitioning out of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
City Connect Detroit’s staff team remains keenly focused on improving outcomes for children, youth, and families; the agency provides an array of targeted services and supports to this end, including: connecting and convening youth-focused community stakeholders; facilitating community planning around positive youth development activities; identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and providing stewardship to youth-focused community initiatives; incubating youth-oriented nonprofit programs; and linking funders with quality Detroit area youth programs.
For more information about City Connect Detroit’s services related to children, youth, and families, contact Program Director Shuna Hayward today.