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Team Kids  313
Together Everyone Achieves More. 
There is a shared spirit that connects the respective missions of youth serving organizations as they work to obliterate the odds that face our youth everyday. 
By supporting these organizations, you are contributing to overall effort to support the individual paths of Detroit's children and youth to BE positive contributors to our community. 

Take a moment to investigate this team of Superheroes...

*when you donate, please include #teamkids313 in your donation message

For more information on youth serving organizations across Metro Detroit, check out the Detroit Youth Development Resource Center and the Discover Your Spark program locator 

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100 Black Men of Greater Detroit

The 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. is a group of concerned African American men whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the African American community through their collective resources, abilities and experiences.  Recognizing the need to develop strong, vital and self-supporting communities, the organization has committed to helping African American youth achieve success in four (4) main focus areas: Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development


We are creating a Detroit where every student graduates ready to become a fully engaged participant in the world, equipped with the character and the capacity to negotiate her environment and change it for the better.


826michigan inspires school-aged students to write with skill and confidence in collaboration with adult volunteers in their communities.  Our writing and tutoring programs uphold a culture of creativity and imagination and support students in establishing strong habits of mind. Through publication and community engagement, we provide students with an authentic and enthusiastic audience for their writing.


ACCESS offers a variety of programs to empower youth to become leaders and get involved in their communities ranging from community service to cultural discussions, and more.

Alkebu-lan Village

Over the years the organization has expanded to include youth and adult sports and fitness, leadership training, visual and performing arts, homework assistance and tutoring, youth entrepreneurship training and community service. In November 2000 the organization launched its new identity as Alkebu-lan Village to reflect this growth and program expansion. Alkebu-lan Village currently provides educational, cultural and recreational programs to over 1,000 Detroit youth and their families each year through on-site and outreach programs. 

Alternatives for Girls

Our mission is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help 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. Founded in 1987, Alternatives For Girls (AFG) is a southwest Detroit-based nonprofit organization. 

American Indian Health and Family Services

American Indian Health & Family Services is a non-profit health center whose mission is to empower and enhance the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental well being of American Indian/Alaska Native individuals, families and other under-served populations in SE MI through culturally grounded health and family services.

Atlantic Impact

Atlantic Impact is a leader in city-centered field trips and globally immersive travel for students. We design experiences that span neighborhood boundaries, deepen students’ networks, and spark educational curiosity. We believe that experiential learning is a transformative means of igniting a student’s academic, economic, and professional mobility.

BIG Brothers Big Sister of Metropolitan Detroit

We are the largest one-to-one evidence-based mentoring organization in Southeast Michigan serving nearly 1,000 youth annually with site- and community-based mentoring programs.  All of our programming is rooted in evidence-based practices, further differentiating BBBSMD from other mentoring programs. Our mentoring model is certified by multiple federal government departments as an “Effective” evidence-based model in realizing positive outcomes for youth.

Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan

To provide a world-class experience, empowering youth to reach their full potential as change agents for their life, Club, and communities.

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit helps academically motivated middle and high school students rise above disadvantaged backgrounds and become successful in college and beyond.  Our goal is to graduate young people who are physically, emotionally and academically prepared for post-secondary education and a productive life, breaking the cycle of poverty.

Bridging Communities, Inc

Our work will improve the quality of life for the elders of the Southwest Detroit area by meeting their needs; and the needs of the surrounding neighborhoods through creative collaboration, advocacy, and innovative programming. Through collaborative efforts, creative programming, committed volunteers and the generosity of donors, we meet the needs of our elders and the needs of their immediate surroundings to ensure comfort, safety, and connectivity to the community. 

Caleb's Kids

To create a transformative educational experience for families focused on mental wellness and preventing suicide completion through innovative and evidence-based program delivery.

Center for Success Detroit

Center for Success unites literacy and community to empower students in the journey of education.  We expose the future to our future generation - through mentoring by a diverse set of committed individuals, and program partners that allow students to experience learning through hands on projects that relate to their lives and allow them to explore their interests.  

Central Detroit Christian

Community Development Corporation (CDC)

Central Detroit Christian is a non-profit, faith based organization committed to empowering people, creating positive opportunities for the community and loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Clark Park Coalition

While other Detroit recreational centers have closed and struggled, this grassroots, nonprofit coalition has grown to offer positive activities for nearly a thousand neighborhood youth each year. The Clark Park Coalition now offers one of the nation's only free inner-city hockey programs, as well as quality soccer, baseball, softball, and tennis activities, in addition to providing summer and after-school youth programming.

Class Act Detroit

Our programs outfit students for academic, personal, and career success, and readies young people to rise to the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit. In conjunction with our strategic partners, and by implementing our dynamic teaching approach, project-based-learning, we are able to ensure engaged, modern, and capable cohorts who are well equipped to tackle challenges and thrive in the 21st century.


CODE313 is a Accredited™ non-profit organization partnered with Microsoft, dedicated to teaching and inspiring youth ages 7 to 17 to code. Our free workshops provide hands-on instruction by volunteers from the Detroit developer community inspired to share their passion. Our curriculum exposes students to analytical problem solving to build anything they might imagine. 


The Center of Music & Performing Arts Southwest (COMPÁS) started in 2007 as a collaboration among performing artists in the community and the Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA). COMPÁS provides year-round, youth focused arts, recreation, and educational opportunities at its professional quality dance studio and renovated facility at the Odd Fellows Building in the Springwells Village neighborhood.

Detroit Food Academy

Detroit Food Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works to inspire young Detroiters (ages 10-24) through culinary arts and food entrepreneurship. From cooking delicious healthy meals for friends and family to facilitating complex conversations with community to developing artisan food projects from scratch to market, students learn by transforming their ideas into reality. Through this process, they grow as holistic leaders who are healthy, connected, and powerful to affect change in our communities and beyond.

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

DHDC’s mission is to make a difference by creating life-changing opportunities for youth and their families. We are committed to meeting the needs of our community by providing quality, innovative and culturally appropriate services, primarily in Southwest Detroit.

Detroit Horse poweR

Detroit Horse Power uniquely addresses two persistent problems facing the Motor City: the shortage of opportunities for metro Detroit’s vulnerable populations (especially children) and the abundance of vacant land. Through riding and caring for horses in a safe and enriching space, program participants learn valuable skills that set them up for future success. Our facility, built on repurposed vacant land, will contribute to the city’s renewal and be a center for community events and equestrian services.

Detroit PAL

In partnership with the Detroit Police Department and community volunteers, Detroit PAL is helping youth find their greatness through athletic, academic, and leadership development programs.

Detroit Youth Connection

The Youth Connection is committed to providing high quality programs, advocacy and supportive services. We connect youth, young adults and their families in Metro Detroit to resources and opportunities that enrich their lives with special attention to those who are under-served.

DEVELoping Despite Distances

Developing Despite Distance supports young men of color, ages 10-18, currently impacted by parental incarceration. Through consistent letter writing, our goal is to strengthen the parent-child relationship. Through group counseling, our goal is to empower young men to identify their emotions and create healthy coping strategies. We are committed to increasing awareness that youth with incarcerated parents exist while helping to reduce the stigma associated with parental incarceration.

Developing KIDS

The mission of Developing K.I.D.S. is to provide best in class programming to strengthen urban communities through developing inter-generational youth leaders, driving academic enrichment, instilling civic engagement, and providing opportunity for youth to become strong contributors to their community.

Downtown Boxing Gym
Through education, athletics, mentorship and intervention, the Downtown Boxing Gym empowers Detroit students to be positive and productive members of society.

Franklin Wright Settlements

Franklin Wright Settlements, Inc. is a leading Detroit neighborhood human services organization existing to assist individuals, families, groups and the community with basic life, family and social needs.  Embracing the settlement house philosophy, a multi-service holistic approach in cooperation with the community, Franklin Wright Settlements focuses on the prevention, treatment and amelioration of social problems through advocacy, programs, projects, activities, services and facilities.  The enduring strength of Franklin Wright Settlements lies in the flexible, responsible programs that recognize ongoing basic needs, despite changing societal priorities and funding.

Give Merit 

The FATE Program: Helping young people aspire, believe, and contribute. Ultimately, helping them become world-class citizens. A world-class citizen is someone who actively engages with, learns from, and gives to, the community he/she is a part of. World-class citizens will actively participate in their society through high-level dedication to leadership, volunteerism, philanthropy, and civic engagement. They want the best for their community, and are willing to work hard, alongside others, as agents of change.

Grace in Action

Grace in Action Collectives is a welcoming, grassroots community that animates residents, both youth and adults, as leaders in Southwest Detroit through education and cooperative economic development. 

Heritage Works

Heritage Works promotes youth, family, and comprehensive community development through cultural arts, traditions, and education. Our programs encourage personal and artistic excellence by promoting cultural understanding, skill and character development, physical fitness, and cultural fluency.


Widely recognized as one of the nation’s premiere writers-in-the-schools programs, InsideOut has earned many accolades, from a feature on PBS NewsHour to a performance on the stage of the Kennedy Center.In recognition of our ability to foster and empower authentic youth voice, the White House awarded InsideOut the highest honor in youth arts programming, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, presented by Michelle Obama in 2009.


Our mission is to empower individuals from under-served, urban communities by providing them with the tech education needed to compete and thrive in the local ecosystem.


LA SED’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of the Hispanic community and all residents of Southwest Detroit. Our overall purpose is to enhance the well being of residents including elders, youth; and empower Latino families to achieve the American Dream through advocacy, services that open doors and create opportunities to advance education and upward mobility.

Life Directions

Life Directions’ mission is to motivate young adults, ages 13-35 to mature into responsible, productive adults through

self-direction. The core values that center our impact are; self-responsibility, balance in relationships, partnership in diversity, and mission driven attitude.  Life Directions promotes the powerful dynamic of “Peers Inspiring Peers” in

our neighborhoods, high schools, and middle schools. 

Living Arts

Living Arts ignites creativity in the lives of Detroit youth through the performing, visual, and media arts. We envision a future in which all youth have access to engaging, high-quality arts experiences, so that they can lead with confidence and empathy, drawing strength from their cultures and communities.

Local CircleS

The mission of Local Circles is to facilitate youth-led research in which young people pose their own questions and conduct research to inquire upon social issues that are meaningful to them.

Matrix Theater Teen Company

The Matrix Teen Company consists of high school students from the Detroit area who write, produce, and act in a full season of plays each year that draws attention to crucial community issues.  Past productions have addressed issues such as bullying, the public education system, immigration, gang violence, and much more.  Instructors and students of the Matrix Teen Company have hosted and led workshops, residencies, and performances in and around southeastern Michigan.

Mercy Education Project

Mercy Education Project's mission is to provide educational opportunities, life skills development and cultural enrichment for women and girls who have limited access to resources to enable them to improve the quality of their lives.

Midnight Golf

We are dedicated to equipping determined young adults through life skills training, proactive coaching, long-term mentoring and the discipline of golf in order to succeed in college, in their careers and beyond.

Motor City Grounds Crew

To strengthen Detroit neighborhoods through green space beautification, youth sports activities, and community tool libraries.

Motor City Street Dance Academy

Motor City Street Dance Academy works to enhance the lives of Detroiters through hip-hop, physical activity and healthy living. Our purpose is grounded to uplift the disenfranchised communities in Detroit, much like the way the pioneers of hip-hop did decades ago. We mentor the youth and provide a safe space for them to express themselves.

Project ART

ProjectArt transforms the nation’s public libraries into cultural hubs by offering youth free after-school art classes and providing studio space for emerging artists.

Racquet Up Detroit

To support and empower Detroit youth so they can achieve their full potential through a long-term, demanding, and inspiring mentoring program of squash, academics, and community service.

Say Detroit

SAY Detroit improves the lives of Detroit’s neediest citizens through shelter, food, medical care, volunteer efforts and education. It serves as the umbrella organization for ongoing major projects, such as Working Homes / Working Families and the SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic, servicing a population from infants to senior citizens, and veterans.

Teen HypE

We’ve empowered thousands of our young, future leaders to thrive since 2004 through school-based adolescent health education and after school leadership development programs. We provide a dynamic mix of adolescent health programming focused on teen pregnancy, HIV and substance abuse prevention; while our Peer Educators also gain social justice education, community service, experiential learning, and theatrical arts skills-building opportunities.

The Lawn Academy

The Lawn Academy provides an avenue for youth to increase their academic competency and contribute to their communities.  The Lawn Academy provides a focused approach to academic achievement and character development.  Youth participants are provided an opportunity to take care of elderly, veteran and handicapped/disabled residents by providing lawn care services, free of charge

The Phoenix Center

Our Mission: To provide a continuum of services that empowers youth with the  resources and support they need to build community connections, increase self esteem, and actualize their dreams. Our Vision: A world where every young person has a place to call home.

The Yunion

Our mission is to counter negative cultural influences that misdirect the lives of youth by raising awareness and strengthening families through innovative prevention programming, education, parental engagement, mentoring, and counseling.

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives is a nonprofit organization rooted in Southwest Detroit. We work within the community to be able to create a safe and thriving environment where people want to live, work and play. UNI is based in the Springwells area of Southwest Detroit, a 1.3 square mile neighborhood bounded by Fort, Dix and Waterman Streets.


Wellspring’s mission is: “To Assist Urban Youth in Developing Themselves Spiritually, Socially, Academically, and Economically.” Our Christian identity leads us to provide human service programming (such as our Academic & Youth Development Program) to all, regardless of religious interest or affiliation.

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