Since 2004, Teen HYPE (Helping Youth by Providing Education) has reached more than 35,000 Detroit area youth with programming to help assure that every young person reaches their potential. Each year, hundreds of students in dozens of area schools are provided with adolescent health programs that emphasize future-oriented thinking, effective communication and avoiding risky behaviors. Additionally, more than 600 teens have been trained as Peer Educators dedicated to community service, social justice, and risk avoidance. Each year they develop an original stage production focused on a riveting social issue that reaches 3,000 students and adult community members. 






Teen HYPE’s Ready for the World Annual Fund



This year we ask for your financial support of our Peer Education program.


Teen HYPE Peer Educators are a remarkable and diverse group of teens dedicated to creating a positive future for themselves and for Detroit. More than 600 youths have participated since 2004. They dedicate themselves to leadership development, risk avoidance, effective communication, and focusing on the future. The peer education happens when they stage an original, powerful stage production each year that educates young people about avoiding risky behaviors, dealing with stresses of adolescence and of urban life, and focusing on promising. 

These stage productions reach more than 2,000 urban youth from more than 25 schools.


These representations of challenges faced by urban youth dealing with incarcerated parents, substance use in the home, and depression are widely regarded as affirming and ultimately, uplifting.


Teachers, parents and community leaders laud this approach as especially effective. The plays strike a chord of realism that show young people that change and hope are possible. 


Rounding out school year programming are transformative summer experiences including a Youth Summit, a week-long “YouthQuake” that includes intensive learning about social issues as well as community service; and a rejuvenating retreat that takes many kids outside the city for the first time in their lives.

Would you join us in supporting this life-changing program by becoming a Peer EducationDonor?

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“Given the implications of teenage pregnancy, HIV and STD infection, and substance abuse, Teen HYPE programs are vital in breaking the cycle of poverty and equipping youth to break down barriers”, Ambra Redrick, CEO and Co-Founder


Teen HYPE’s Peer Education program is staffed with top-notch professional staff from education, health and performing arts backgrounds and costs $200,000 to run. We receive partial support from ticket sales and from grants, but still fall $120,000 short.



■ Peer Education Donors help ensure that the critical expenses of guiding Detroit youth to confronting barriers continues.


■ Peer Education Champion: $4000 – the annual cost to sustain one youth in 300 hours of year-round programming


■  Peer Education Sponsor: $1,000 – the cost to send one youth through YouthQuake, Youth Summit and annual retreat up north


■  Peer Education Friend: $300 – the cost to support one youth through play season


Or, we invite your contribution at whatever level you can afford. 



As we begin to ramp up for the 2019 play and for the prospect of reaching more youth than ever in Detroit classrooms this school year– 1,300! – we ask for your vital and timely support.


There’s a generation of young Detroiters on the cusp of adulthood and what we do now can make or break their – and the city’s – future. 

 In the words of Rian, 

one of our PE members:

“Teen HYPE is where mature, intelligent kids are nurtured and made. To stop donating to Teen HYPE would be like…there would literally be no brighter day to look forward to. There would be no hope. This is honestly where hope is born.”


Thank you from the 50 young people presently in the Peer Education program and from the more than 2,000 young people who will benefit from their March 2019 stage production of Hidden in the Shadows, their latest original play about living with violence.



We invite you to support this life-changing program by becoming a Teen HYPE Peer Education Patron. 


You will be helping to ensure that the critical expenses of guiding Detroit youth to confronting barriers and building bridges continues.



Empowering Detroit Youth

We bring evidence-based adolescent sexual health and substance misuse curricula that inspire youth to plan for their futures.

Developing Young Leaders

Our Peer Educators are a core group of 60 youth leaders who demonstrate a keen sense of wanting to create positive change in Detroit and beyond

Performing Powerful Stage Productions

Powerful productions raise young people’s collective consciousness, honors their voice and inspires them to plan on meaningful futures.

“I do have a voice”

“Teen HYPE actually saved my life in a way. Before Teen HYPE, my life was headed down the wrong path. I didn’t have anyone older than me that I could open up to, share my problems. Teen HYPE gave me a sense that I am important. I do have a voice”




“I was helped while we helped build the community”

“I came from a dangerous situation and so coming here I was very lost for a while. Once I was introduced to Teen HYPE, and this group, I found myself again. That was very important, between education and being around like-minded people – just teens in general – I was helped while we helped build the community.”


“I look forward to PE (Peer Education) on Thursdays because I know I’ll be heard, I don’t have to be silent. I’ve learned I can speak my mind and don’t have to feel scared to express myself.



“Teen HYPE has given me the knowledge to advance in the world. It provides a family vibe that nurtures me deep down to the roots.”



“The Peer Education program is helping me realize my dreams by pushing me even more to strive for my goals.”



“I love the vibe at Teen HYPE, the comfort zone… where you can be your silly, goofy self. If I hadn’t gotten into Teen HYPE four or five years ago, I don’t know where I’d be.”



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