Making sure our teens are ready for the next stage in life—adulthood.
We engage Detroit youth in many forms of experiential learning. While our Peer Education program is best known for the annual theatrical productions, we also nurture young people in a broad range of visual and performing arts appreciation. At Teen HYPE we’ve known all along what research is now proving—that students with robust arts, culture and civic engagement education perform better academically and socially.
From stage to stage, curtain calls to encores, early adolescence through early adulthood, we offer youth exposure to the world and cultural centers around them. Youth visit institutions, television stations, government meetings, museums, and agencies to explore various form of art, literature, social services, and politics. They also receive opportunities to work on projects and campaigns with city government officials and local entrepreneurs. Our aim is to inspire them creatively to deepen their thinking on how they might make a positive impact in their communities and the world.
Throughout the years our youth have gone on a range of exploratory trips and retreats that have included ropes courses, horseback riding, camping, canoeing, and visiting advocacy agencies both in Detroit and places like New York City. The middle school youth in our school-based health education programs also benefit from the experiences of team projects, presentations and field trips— as well as the experience of attending our annual theatrical production.