The Michigan Youth and Community Program enables young people to create community change, especially in economically disinvested and racially segregated areas.
We work with young people and adult allies to build capacity and create change through research, evaluation, teaching, and training. We collaborate with community partners, formulate best practices, facilitate training workshops, and publish practical workbooks and scholarly papers.
We work in the South Bronx, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Mississippi Delta, Appalachia, Albuquerque, East Oakland, and other areas. In Michigan, we work in the rural Upper Peninsula, small towns, and suburbs and neighborhoods of metropolitan Detroit.
Our projects include:
- Youth organizing and community change;
- Youth participation in public policy;
- Youth dialogues on race and ethnicity; and
- Community-based participatory research and evaluation.
We believe that young people are competent citizens; that community is a unit of solution; that community change is possible; and that adults are allies to young people.