For Youth & Parents


Peer Education

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You may have seen our plays, you may have been through our in-school coursesbut there’s nothing like being a part of the Teen HYPE family.


Together, with your friends and adult leaders, we work to reverse the wrongs we see in Detroit and our world! Teen HYPE invites you to discover your true talents, interests and potential for a bright future. By promoting self-expression through the arts, you’re invited to write and act in annual plays that relate to unsafe sex, addiction, race relations, and other important topics.

Our other programs, some of which take place during class time at Detroit schools, also raise awareness about sexual health, drug abuse and unhealthy relationships.

as a peer educatoR

You’ll have many opportunities to open your mind, make new friends and enjoy positive ways to live. In addition to writing and acting our annual theatrical production, you’ll plan and participate in community service projects and field trips. You’ll also be offered the opportunity to become certified as an adolescent health peer educator that’ll offer opportunities to lead classroom discussions.

As a part of the teen Hype Family You’ll…

  • Get free food during our Thursday night meetings

  • Earn some extra $$$ (if you qualify for our annual stipend)

  • Complete up to 250+ community service hours per year

  • Gain confidence in stage presence and learn acting, singing and dancing from industry professionals

  • Receive summer job opportunities and recommendation letters

  • Attend weekend leadership retreats and trips like ropes courses, outdoor adventures and more

in the summer you can Also look forward to…

  • Connections to summer employment opportunities

  • YouthQuake, a 1-week camp focused on leadership development and community service

  • Youth Summit, a 1-day program with city leaders and more than 100 youth focused on social issues

  • A 3-day Peer Educator retreat


when do we meet?

Our Peer Education program meets every Thursday from the time school ends until 9pm.

To apply you must:

  • Be at least 13 years old

  • Be interested in the arts & Community service

  • Have access to reliable transportation


You can apply for our Peer Educator program by completing the form below or calling 313–831–8336. Upon review of your application you’ll be contacted to set-up a 1-on-1 interview and a group interview. You’ll be notified of placement within 2 of the in-person interviews. Applications and interviews don’t guarantee admission into the program.

The Peer Education program requires a 1-year commitment, which includes attending mandatory weekly meetings. Each Peer Educator is expected to meet these requirements.

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 look up to, share my problems. Teen HYPE gave me a sense that I am important. I do have a voice. People really do care about me.
— Lawrence, Teen HYPE Alumnus