Activities for Youth

Goal Detroit
Goal Detroit is a fall soccer league for Detroit elementary school students. Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit PAL and several public and charter elementary schools started the league in 2014.

City of Detroit Recreation Centers

Programs are available for a range of ages and activity level across the city. Activities range from youth and senior computer labs to swimming, and many things in between. 

Detroit PAL
In partnership with the Detroit Police Department and community volunteers, Detroit PAL builds character in young people through athletic, academic and leadership development programs.

Abundant Care Training Services (ACTS) Detroit

The center operates a "Skills for Life" summer day camp for children 6-16 years old. The 6-week program includes: enhancing academic skills, computer workshops, sports instruction, digital video production training, field trips and vacation Bible school.

American Indian Health and Family Services - Dream Seekers Youth Group

The Dream Seekers Youth Group serves Native American youth, ages 8 to 17. The focus of the program is promoting a healthy lifestyle. 


Boy & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan provides high quality youth development programs for children ages 6-18 in our community. 

Avengers Mentoring Programs 
The Avengers offer free 6-week summer camps at Golightly Education Center, George Crockett Academy and Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm beginning July 13, 2015 and ending on August 21, 2015.

Boll Family YMCA Metropolitan Detroit 
At the “Y”, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and explore their unique talents and interests. The YMCA offers programs in childcare, basketball, gymnastics, swimming, summer camp, education, and recreation.

Brightmoor Community Center -  I’m Going to College 
The “I’m Going to College” program serves youth ages 11 to 13. The activities include academic enrichment, study tables, college visits, and increasing exposure outside of the immediate community. 


Brothers Making A Difference - 2015 Expose and Explore Summer Camp
Activities include field trips, a college tour, and simulations in five content areas: Health and Recreation, Academic Enrichment, Technology, Life Skills, and Character Education.  The young men are exposed to male mentors from diverse personal and professional backgrounds.


Camp Burt Shurly
Camp Burt Shurly offers a residential summer camp experience to Detroit Public School students ages 8 to 12. Participants will learn lessons in reading, math and science; they will meet new friends, and learn new skills, and spend their days away from home in a safe environment.


Capuchin Soup Kitchen Children’s Program
The CSK youth program plans to broaden the horizons for young people, stimulate their creativity, and explore alternatives to violence.  This summer they will host three youth programs that feature the arts, leadership and academic enrichment.


Clark Park Coalition 
Clark Park in Southwest Detroit provides year round programming for more than 1,200 youth.  It operates the only regulation-sized outdoor ice hockey rink in Metro Detroit. Free lunch is provided daily to more than 100 youth throughout the summer. 


Clark Park Coalition - Photojournalism 

The “Photojournalism” program focuses on photography, journalism, and creative writing skills.

Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance - Cody Rouge Youth Council 

Cody Rouge Youth Council activities include: internships, workshops in leadership, communication, interview skills, resume writing, civil engagement, community outreach and field trips. 

Coleman A. Young Foundation - College Access and Awareness Program (CAAP) 

The CAAP  provide youth with awareness and access to opportunities for post-secondary education through site visits to Michigan colleges and universities and a visit to a HBCU.

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (DHDC) - Urban Arts Academy 

The Urban Arts Academy is for ages 11 to 19. Program activities include: creating a business (e.g. music and video production, t-shirt production, etc.), entrepreneurship development, and academic enrichment and support. 


Detroit Lions - Summer Football Camps
The Detroit Lions are conducting a total of 29 different camps, clinics, and academies this summer for ages 4 – adult. The Lions are dedicated to making each program a positive educational experience for athletes, coaches and parents.

Don Bosco Hall
Don Bosco Hall is a private non-profit agency, which provides supportive human services to enhance the quality of life for youth, and their families residing in the Metropolitan Detroit-Wayne County Community.

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent is a 6-week summer youth employment program designed to help Detroiters, ages 14-24, prepare for Detroit’s workforce. Visit our website to apply for a summer job or hire a Detroit youth.


Inner City Youth Group (ICYG)  

ICYG is for ages 6 to 17. Program activities include: robotics, health and wellness, nutrition exercises, after-school tutoring, financial literacy and money management, community service projects, feeding the homeless, as well as developing and painting a mural. 


Joy Southfield Community Development Corp - Healthy Empowered Youth Detroit
The H.E.Y. Detroit program serves ages 13 to 17. Program activities include teaching every aspect about growing, gardening, and harvesting, as well as learning entrepreneurship skills. 

Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Inc. (LA SED) 
The LA SED program serves youth ages 8 to 18. Program activities include: 1) STEM related academic enrichment activities, 2) field trips, and 3) sports and recreational activities. 


Leland Community Affairs, Inc. Summer Fun Camp
The Leland Community will host a summer camp for ages 7 - 17.  The camp will focus on activities such as academic enrichment, health and fitness, arts & crafts, community gardening, leadership training, and college readiness exploration. 

Living Arts
The Living Arts program serves youth ages 3 to 18. Program activities include classes on the following topics: dance, visual arts, and the media arts. The expected outcomes are increased confidence and self-worth through the arts.

The Manhood Project LLC
The Manhood Project targets boys, ages 9 to 18. Program activities include mentoring and leadership skills in the development of African American youth character building, social skills, and life building. 


Matrix Human Services - Matrix Connecting Families
This program serves youth ages 5 to 17. Program activities include: acting classes at the Mosaic Youth Theater, dance, cheerleading, football, as well as boy scouts and girl scouts. 


The Matrix Theatre Company 

The Matrix School of Theatre engages young artists ages 5 - 18 in playwriting, puppetry, and performance.  Through Matrix's unique learning centered approach, young people in Detroit can create new work that calls attention to crucial issues in their lives.


Midnight Golf Program
The Midnight Golf Program teaches life skills like financial literacy and community activism, as well as the game of golf. This is a 30 week mentoring program.


Minority Males for Higher Education (M.M.H.E) 
M.M.H.E targets young men of color, ages 8 to 18. Program activities include: providing educational resources and opportunities, college and career exposure, mentoring, tutoring, book clubs, and college tours.

Mosaic Music Theatre 
Mosaic First Stage Summer Camp is a fun-filled experience for youth ages 7-10. This is a three-week program, taught by Detroit theatre professionals. Young artists have the opportunity to study acting, singing, and dance.

New Breed Track Club 
The youth track club focus on developing endurance, strength, self-esteem, discipline, personal accountability and achieving goals.


Peace Camp - Fort Street  
Youth will participate in programs such as peace education, arts, ecology, conflict resolution, and community activism with field trips and visiting community organizations.


People's Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit - Summer Day Camp          

The Summer Day Camp takes place in the Delray Neighborhood House. It offers children the opportunity to be active and have positive interactions with peers by becoming engaged in physical activity, exciting field trips, and new experiences.

People Enriching Empowering People Services (PEEPS)  

PEEPS mission is to produce knowledgeable, productive, and financially literate young leaders and business owners. We train high school youth in creative fields (visual arts, performing arts, media arts) while providing college access opportunities.

Summer Engineering Experience For Kids 

This free three-week program will be open to students who are current 3rd through 5th graders. Fifty Collegiate mentors will be utilized to facilitate the hands-on curriculum that allows students to work in teams, using their knowledge to solve problems and create products while discovering the underlying math and science principles. 


Summer in the City
Students will play, read, write, and create art projects. Campers must be in grades kindergarten through 5th.  Middle school students may participate as volunteers.  Summer in the City strives to improve and expand community service by bringing a diverse group of young people together to invest their energy in Detroit.


Teen HYPE Youth Development Program
Teen H.Y.P.E is a year round program (September- August) that helps young people build life skills. The summer session will focus on soft skills and leadership development through paid summer internships and community service. Youth may apply beginning in May 2015 for membership beginning September 2015.


The Year-Round Program
The Year-Round Youth Program is an ongoing 12-month program including a six-week paid summer work-experience element running from July through August. 


The Youth Connection, Inc.
The Youth Connection provides college readiness, job training, and exposure to a variety of careers. 


Women in Touch - Girl Majestic 
The Girl Majestic program encourages and empowers young women to take the steps necessary to achieve success. Through workshops, resources, and guidance they inspire girls to live a life of fearlessness and excellence. 


Youth Works 
This summer Youth Works will host two mentoring programs that serve at-risk Detroit youth from grades 3-17. 

The Yunion – Keys 2 Life
Keys 2 Life is designed to encourage, educate and empower youth through life skills and music.


Modified on: 6/27/2017