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Empowering Urban Youth to Thrive Since 2004

Based in Detroit, Michigan, Teen HYPE (Helping Youth by Providing Education) is a movement to empower the next generation of leaders. In a vibrant hub, youth are infused with leadership development, educational enrichment and the power of learning through service. We use theater as a gateway to reach, educate and unlock the creative power of youth. Through high-quality programs and supportive allies, we aim to heal and develop a generation of healthy young people.

We work with thousands of teens every year, focusing on personal development and encouraging solid peer and community relationships. We promote an all-inclusive culture that fosters:

  • A sense of belonging and ownership
  • Higher self-worth
  • Discovering one’s self
  • Quality relationships with peers and adults
  • Choices that are in line with one’s values
  • Pride and accountability
  • The ability to enjoy life and find hope for the future

Here for the Whole Journey

Our approach to youth development is holistic and long-term. Many teens start with HYPE at 13 years old. We believe in serving the whole child for the entire educational experience and beyond—through success in school, acceptance into college and employment in their chosen fields.

Just Like Family

We provide a family-like environment where teens feel safe and at home. It’s fun, relaxed and we do all sorts of cool things together. We put on big plays and host holiday dinners. We attend our teens’ sporting events and open houses, and even see them off to prom.

Like family, our relationships with teens continue on beyond their school years. Our teens come back as alumni and continue to share their time and talents, encouraging and empowering other teens.

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