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Although it is an uncertain time for many families, one thing is for sure — how children spend time outside of school has never been more important. Please know that while providers are working to figure out what is possible for summer, many are offering online programming and activities now—much of it free or low-cost. Keep checking this space.

  • For kids ages 4 to 18
  • From local providers across Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties
  • Activities include story time, homework help, science, math, fitness and more
  • Free and low-cost opportunities for at-home fun and learning

Why Youth Programs Matter

Afterschool activities and summer programming lifts up the skills youth need to succeed in school, careers, and in life. It gives children and youth opportunities to:

Spark a new interest

in robotics or music

Offer youth-centered space

and sense of belonging

Build academic motivation

and social-emotional skills

Be in a safe place

while parents are at work

Get connected

to caring adults

Skills Improvement

Youth increased their skills by participating in Detroit youth development programs, according to YDRC research.

Belonging

  • 56% 56%

56% of students improved relationships with peers and adults. 

Learning

  • 73% 73%

73% of students improved academic motivation, interesting in learning, critical thinking, and school bonding.

Learning

  • 72% 72%

73% of students improved academic motivation, interesting in learning, critical thinking, and school bonding.

Leading

  • 71% 71%

71% of students improved perseverance, assertiveness, action orientation, reflection, optimism, empathy, trust, and emotion control.

What to Look For in a quality program

Is the physical environment clean? Does it have adequate facilities for basic needs (water, restrooms, etc.)?

Are there positive relationships between staff and youth that include everyone knowing each other’s names?

Are activities focused on learning and building skills in a fun, active way that youth will enjoy?

Highlighted Programs

Learn more about afterschool activity and summer program options.

Exploring Cooking and Community-Building During the Summer

Exploring Cooking and Community-Building During the Summer

  While 7-year-old Brooklyn is mature and shares her ideas with confidence, she’s still a kid. She likes to play with friends, watch cartoons, and ride her bike. She also likes to cook and is frequently in the kitchen with her grandma, who lives two blocks away....

Center for Success Takes Literacy Online

Center for Success Takes Literacy Online

By: Kristine Uyeda, Youth Development Resource Center How do you take a proven youth literacy program into a digital platform and make it equitable, impactful, and sustainable? Over the course of the school year, Center for Success provides structured after school...

Additional United Way Resources

Meet up and eat up

Find your summer meal site, kid-friendly recipes and other tips to keep your family healthy and happy.

2-1-1 Helpline

Talk to a community care advocate by dialing 2-1-1 to find referrals for food, shelter, medical assistance and more.

Early Childhood

Find parenting resources to help your child establish a foundation for lifelong learning.

 

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Exploring Cooking and Community-Building During the Summer

Exploring Cooking and Community-Building During the Summer

  While 7-year-old Brooklyn is mature and shares her ideas with confidence, she’s still a kid. She likes to play with friends, watch cartoons, and ride her bike. She also likes to cook and is frequently in the kitchen with her grandma, who lives two blocks away....

Center for Success Takes Literacy Online

Center for Success Takes Literacy Online

By: Kristine Uyeda, Youth Development Resource Center How do you take a proven youth literacy program into a digital platform and make it equitable, impactful, and sustainable? Over the course of the school year, Center for Success provides structured after school...

Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment

There are many affordable afterschool programs that can help kids maintain or improve their academic skills – and do it in a fun and unexpected way. “We try to lift up all different kinds of programs, providing young people with well-rounded learning opportunities,”...

College and Career Prep

College and Career Prep

High school is a really important time for young people to decide their college and career paths. Many afterschool learning opportunities can help teens identify an area of study, explore a career choice or learn valuable life skills. College and Career Prep...

Fine Arts, Crafts and Performance

Fine Arts, Crafts and Performance

As young people are developing their identity, arts programs provide a wonderful vehicle for self-exploration. “Art is a great channel for kids to express their emotions and uncover who they are,” says Sara Plachta Elliott, Ph.D., executive director of the Youth...

Life Skills

Life Skills

From managing emotions to developing grit, afterschool programs that cultivate social-emotional skills offer learning that goes beyond the classroom. Research shows that these skills are often more predictive of a child's future success than their test scores....

Sports, Recreation and Wellness

Sports, Recreation and Wellness

Research shows that active children go on to live happier, healthier and more successful lives, according to Project Play. Sports and recreation activities offer youth opportunities to develop self-esteem, have leadership opportunities, and build strong relationships...

STEM

STEM

It might not surprise you that the fastest-growing percentage of high-paying jobs are in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. These days, jobs you might never expect are requiring STEM skills—like coding—so children who are getting a...

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