Youth Development Programs
YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS
SOUTHWEST URBAN ARTS MURAL PROJECT
UNI developed the Southwest Urban Arts Mural Project (SUAMP) to paint murals in alleys during a neighborhood cleanup and beautification event. Since then, SUAMP has grown into a youth employment and artistic development program which has generated over 100 murals and served over 100 young people in the community. Murals created by SUAMP are commissioned by residents or business owners who state the theme and approve preliminary designs, which are then executed by youth artists. SUAMP engages young people in making a significant and tangible improvement to the beauty of their Southwest Detroit community while at the same time developing skills and relationships that will help them build a positive future.
URBAN FORESTRY APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
The Urban Forestry Apprenticeship program engages young people in the Springwells area of Southwest Detroit by training them in forestry and park maintenance. Young people in these programs learn basic gardening skills and work to beautify their neighborhood through creating green spaces.
The Apprenticeship Program provides young people with skill workshops in professionalism and places them with local businesses and agencies to develop their skill set.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
yOUTH ADVISORY BOARD
Members participate in leadership development and community organizing training. They create community programs to meet the needs of young people in the Springwells area. The Youth Advisory Board provides programmatic decision making and support for UNI's youth programs.
Youth participate in leadership workshops presented by UNI Staff, they develop a curriculum and implement campaigns based on community issues. Leadership 101 also participates in SAT and college readiness workshops.
Participants complete a digital media and social justice curriculum and learn the basics of photography, videography, and social media. They then use those skills to create an awareness and action campaign around a community issue.
All Saints Neighborhood Center After School Program
After school program for children from ages 7-13 located in the All Saints Neighborhood Center in Springwells.
Harms Homework Help
A homework help, tutoring, and enrichment program for students at Harms Elementary School.
Young people learn bike mechanics skills and work on used bikes. After learning how to care for and maintain a bicycle, they are able to build their own bicycle which they can take home.