Youth Development Programs

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS

SOUTHWEST URBAN ARTS MURAL PROJECT

Young people painting a mural on a DTE substation.

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 that 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 provide the theme and approve designs, which are then executed by youth artists.   SUAMP involves young people in making a significant and tangible improvement to the beauty of their Southwest Detroit community while they develope skills and relationships that will help them build a positive future. If you are interested in buying prints, submitting a commission, or signing up of a mural tour click here.

 

URBAN FORESTRY APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Apprentices with the Curator of Parks and Green Spaces

The Urban Forestry Apprenticeship program engages young people in the Springwells area of Southwest Detroit by training them in creating and improving green spaces. Young people in these programs learn basic gardening skills and work to beautify their neighborhood through creating green spaces.

 

Apprenticeship Program

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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

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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.

 

Leadership 101

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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.

 

REAL MEDIA

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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.  

 

Out-of-School Learning

All Saints Neighborhood Center After School Program

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After school program for children from ages 7-13 located in the All Saints Neighborhood Center in Springwells.

 

 

Harms Homework Help

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 A homework help, tutoring, and enrichment program for students at Harms Elementary School. 

 

 

 

 

Earn-a-Bike Program

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Young people learn bike maintenance and repair skills and work on used bikes. After learning how to care for and maintain a bicycle, they are able to refurbish a used to take home.