What We Do
Celebrate Youth. Confront Barriers. Build Bridges.
You may have seen our plays, you may have
been through our in-school courses: but there is nothing like being a part of the Teen HYPE family!
Teen HYPE offers positive youth development in a variety of ways. If you care for youth who you think could benefit from our Peer Education program, please encourage them to apply.
Most of the young people we connect with in the classroom will also be afforded the opportunity to attend our annual spring theatrical production. These powerful educational productions – edu-tainment, if you will — raise young people’s collective consciousness, honors their voice, and inspires them to avoid risky behaviors. While the topics change from year-to-year, the root of the performances always lies in activating issues related to social justice or teen health. Written and performed by youth, the goal is that each young person in the audience sees themselves on stage and identifies with the positive and help-seeking behaviors showcased in the production.
Typically, 2,000 young people are reached each year through these performances with hundreds more adults in attendance. For the Peer Educators who develop the educational theatrical production, these performances afford extraordinary opportunities to write, perform (acting, dance, vocals, instrumentals, and poetry), work backstage, and market the production.
Exposure to industry professionals (set designers and builders, architects, professional actors, art directors, script writers, free-lance photographers, videographers, radio announcers, and vocal coaches) is especially impactful for participating youths. Of special significance is their exposure to professionals and entrepreneurs who are underrepresented in the arts, namely women and people of color. Many Peer Educators become inspired to pursue careers in the arts; while many others indicate that the production gave them the conf dence to speak in front of others and to regard themselves as lea ers.Our Peer Educators describe the experience of seeing masses of people coming to see them perform the play they’ve worked on for several months as exhilarating beyond measure! In short, they are forever changed by the experience.
2018: Mis-Taken? (issue: effects of having a family member in jail / mass incarceration)
2017: 12th Street (issue: race relations visited through the lens of 1967 uprising)
2016: Walls (issue: sex trafficking)
2015: Mixed Up (issue: impact of bullying and the strength it takes to find your voice)
2014: Secrets (issue: sexual abuse and the dangers of keeping secrets)
2013: Miseducation (inspired by Lauryn Hill’s album of the same name)
2012: Hope from the Ashes (issue: violence and how a community heals)
2011: My First Time (issue: sheds light on complexities of first-time experiences)
2010: Love Notes (issue: friends and the struggles of coming out)
2009: Baggage (issue: resilience)
2008: The Wall (issue: isolation and suicide)
2007: Real Talk (issue: sexuality and STI risks)
2007: Dreams (issue: parent-child relationships)
2006: Teen Love, That’s What’s Hot (issue: healthy relationships)
2005: Hip Hop Fun Park (issue: impacts of peer pressure)
For information about sponsorships and tickets, contact
Mary E. Madigan, Director of Development
1391 E. Woodbridge | Detroit, MI 48207
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