Celebrate Youth. Confront Barriers. Build Bridges. 

Teen HYPE envisions a just world where all youth reach their full potential. Through high-quality school-based programs, we aim to heal and develop our youngest generation by promoting healthy relationships and decision-making skills.  


Detroit Area Youth Reached Through Our Programs


Teens Trained as 

Peer Educators


Youth and adults who attend our annual play

Born and raised in Detroit, Teen HYPE (Helping Youth by Providing Education) empowers urban youth to thrive while strengthening their communities.   

We have empowered thousands of our young, future leaders to thrive since 2004 through school-based adolescent health education and after school leadership development programs. We provide a dynamic mix of adolescent health programming focused on teen pregnancy, HIV, and substance abuse prevention; while our Peer Educators also gain social justice education, community service, experiential learning, and theatrical arts skill-building opportunities. We reach middle- and high- school students, in classrooms and after school, mostly from the City of Detroit. 


We aim to educate and unlock the creative power of youth through co-creating annual stage productions on hard-hitting topics that are relevant to modern teens.  Within every Teen HYPE program, we promote an all-inclusive culture to foster authentic self-discovery, self-advocacy, and the best atmosphere to hone resiliency, self-worth, and putting hopes and dreams into achievable plans of action. Our Core Beliefs: We celebrate that all youth possess assets to build the community. In turn, the community has an obligation to support the safe development of our teens.    To be enduring and effective, youth initiatives must confront barriers by addressing root causes to personal and systemic issues. We certainly address immediate needs that young people present, but at Teen HYPE, we strive to go even deeper. To build the best bridges towards new experiences and new opportunities for our youth, Teen HYPE strives for the utmost quality while using up-to-date research to keep initiatives relevant and purposeful. 



We provide ample leadership development experiences, access to supportive resources throughout Metro Detroit, and opportunities to enhance education through service and volunteerism. 


“There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise. You see things you can’t otherwise see; you hear things you can’t otherwise hear. You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us.”  


– Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy

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Led by fearless Co-Founders, Ambra “Unstoppable Momentum” Redrick and Franky “The Executive Implementer” Hudson, our Teen HYPE staff may appear like regular people, but each brings forth their super powers when called upon! 


Our diverse board members come from a variety of sectors, representing business, social services, healthcare, education, and the entrepreneurial spirit of Detroit. All believe in the value, power, and potential of young people!In that spirit, one of the hallmarks of the Teen HYPE board is the full inclusion of current teens and Teen HYPE alumni in the governing structure. Click below to learn more about our current members: 

Meet the Team

Ambra Redrick “Unstoppable Momentum” aka “Miss Red”

CEO and Co-Founder (formerly Executive Director)

Franky Hudson “The Executive Implementer”

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder

Dorothy “Dee” Smith “Electromagna the Benevolent”

Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships

LaRon Evans “The Gratitude Generator”

Senior Manager of In-School Initiatives

Callie Brantley “The Energizer”

Manager of High School Initiatives

Camille Martin “Wisdom”

Health Educator/Outreach Worker

Board Members 

Our diverse board members come from a variety of sectors, representing business, social services, healthcare, education, and the entrepreneurial spirit of Detroit. All believe in the value, power, and potential of young people!In that spirit, one of the hallmarks of the Teen HYPE board is the full inclusion of current teens and Teen HYPE alumni in the governing structure.  

Advisory Board

Rodney Cole

DTE Energy

Marc Bland

IHS Automotive Technology

Janice Cosby

Ascension Health of Michigan

Marlowe Stoudamire

Butterfly Effect Detroit

Joni M. Thrower

Jamjomar DBA McDonald’s

Board of Directors

Olushola Samuel, Chair

University of Michigan Hospital

Jaelah Bundy, Vice Chair

Teen Hype Youth Member

Angela Whitaker-Payton, Esq., Treasurer

Attorney/Sole Practitioner

Sarah Belzer, Secretary

Clarinda Barnett Harrison, Former Chair

United Way of Southeastern Michigan

Jaye Clement

Henry Ford Health System

Symone Coleman

Blue Cross Blue Shield, Alumni

Asandi S. Conner

The Conner Group, LLC

Shai James-Boyd

Henry Ford College

Scott Kowalski

PNC Bank

Frederick McDonald

Private Equity Investor

Lauryn Moore

Teen Hype Youth Member

Amy Peterson, Board Member Emeritus

Mich. Dept. of Community Health, STD Section

Chris Prater

Jenkins Construction

Gerald Purify

Teen Hype Alumni

Alex Smith

New Center Stamping

Muddasar Tawakkul

Ford Motor Company

Rusty Young

Ambra Redrick, CEO



Teen HYPE is grateful to have received significant financial support from the following funders during the current fiscal year: 



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health and Human Services / Family and Youth Services Bureau Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 


Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 


City of Detroit Community Development Block Grant


Jamie and Denise Jacob Foundation Kresge Foundation 


Ascension Health  Brown & Brown of Detroit Comcast Foundation DTE Foundation Ford Motor Fund Meijer PNC Foundation 


Teen HYPE is fortunate to have partnered with many outstanding public health, educational and youth-serving organizations. 

In our partnerships we seek mutual values, resources and optimization of outcomes for young people. 

Community Coalition

Funded by SAMHSA, Teen HYPE staffs the Community Coalition that began in 2015 to build a network that provides a wholistic support network for positive youth development. Included in this coalition are: 


Team Wellness Center 

Wayne State University- Connect 2 Protect 

Genesis HOPE 

LGBT Detroit 

Charles H. Wright Museum  

Detroit Historical Society 

Michigan Science Center 

Southeastern Michigan HIV/ AIDS Council  

Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences 

University Preparatory Schools 

Rivertown Detroit Association 

School-Based Adolescent Health Program Partner Schools

As described in  Our Health Programs page , we work in various Detroit middle and high schools each year to provide 13-week 

sexual health, substance abuse prevention, and risk avoidance curricula.  In the 2018-19 school year, our partners are: 


  • Spain Middle School 
  • Mackenzie Middle School  
  • Greenfield Union Middle School 
  • Cass Technical High School 
  • Martin Luther King High School

Program-Support Partnerships

We are especially grateful to St. John Ascension Healthcare System for its longstanding support over our 14-year history.  They have provided an array of supports ranging from grant dollars, to mental health support for young people, to in-kind space, and free health services. We also partner with Community Health Awareness Group on an ongoing basis as a subcontractor to a CDC grant to identify HIV-positive young people and help them access medical care and other services.

At-Large Initiative Collaborators 

Each year, special collaborations are forged in support of the Peer Education program’s annual theatrical production and art show. 

Other collaborations have brought forward field trip and experiential 

learning opportunities for both the Peer Education and School-Based 

Health Programs.  Among those collaborators, the following have been most significant: 


The Detroit Justice Center 

Prison Creative Arts Project- University of Michigan 

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy 

Enjoy Detroit Church of the Messiah 

Triumph Church 

City of Detroit- Health Department

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