Advancing Quality Together. Advocating for Youth.

YDRC supports Detroit area out-of-school time program partners by building their capacity to use tools, skills, awareness, and connections to better serve young people. The YDRC supports these essential programs in providing thousands of Detroit youth with the communities, opportunities, and spaces they need to thrive in school, careers, and life.

Through participation in Detroit youth development programs, youth improved their skills for:



(relationships with peers and adults)



(academic motivation, interest in learning, critical thinking, school bonding)



(perseverance, assertiveness, action orientation, reflection, optimism, empathy, trust, emotion control)

YDRC’s Network Is Growing

Our network includes hundreds of providers that are lifting up the benefits of youth development programming to improve youth outcomes.

144 Organizations

overall have participated in at least one networking event, professional development workshop or summit, or data cohort (Sept. 1, 2022 – Sept. 1, 2023)

76 organizations

have attended a YDRC professional development training or summit

94 organizations

have attended network meetings

52 organizations

have completed a professional learning community


YDRC launched Discover Your Spark to highlight the importance of year-round, out-of-school-time resources and help parents and caregivers connect to local programs. Through, parents can search for afterschool and summer programs across Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Email to be added to the Program Finder!

Please share and this flyer with parents looking for quality youth programs.

Discover Your Spark is promoted to families in Detroit thanks to generous support from the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.