Teen HYPE Newsletter

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2018 Teen HYPE
Year in Pictures


iDecide Detroit

It's hard to choose our very favorite moment, but you can hardly beat driving past a billboard on the freeway featuring Teen HYPE Peer Educators. Teen HYPE was proud to partner with the City of Detroit as Youth Ambassadors in the iDecide Teen Health Center program that greatly expanded access to care for Detroit teens beginning this past summer.

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Mis-taken? Draws Record Audience

One of our most riveting annual stage productions, Mis-Taken?, staged in March at the Millennium Center in Southfield, showcased the particular turmoil incarceration of parents has on young people.This topical production reached a record crowd of 3,000, mostly young people, who learned that hope and change are possible.

Thriller Wows in the Train Station

Thanks to our partnership with the Ford Resource and Engagement Center, Teen HYPE dancers were featured in Ford's Haunted Train Station event in Corktown on Halloween. A short video of their dance performance to "Thriller" was our most viewed Facebook post of the year.

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Unique Yoga Experience, Among Others, for Peer Educators

Each year's Peer Education Retreat ranks as one of our -- and the Peer Educators'-- favorite experiences. But this year's yoga on the beach at sunrise was a standout. As one young woman stated, "I didn't know I could feel so calm". 50 young people got to experience this and other remarkable events for three days at Camp Minnewonka in August. The annual leadership retreat helps set the stage, so to speak, for the next year's play.

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Hands On Leadership Development During Our Stirring Youth Summit About Safety

More than 100 Detroit teens took part in our annual Youth Summit at the Outdoor Adventure Center in August. Focused on safety challenges, one young man expressed that "no one should have to experience what we have faced". City leaders joined the young people to facilitate helpful, solutions-focused discussion.

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Media Training Built Skills While Producing Effective Public Service Messages

Our Peer Educators were afforded the amazing experience of being trained in media production techniques while also crafting public service messages about substance mis-use prevention under the tutelage of New York-based media consultant Kenny Neal Shults this past July.

Healthy Decision-Making Programs for Youth Entered 14th Year

Teen HYPE is regarded as a leader in providing evidence-based prevention programming for middle and high-schoolers. We launched the 2018-9 school year in September set on reaching our highest goals ever -- 1,300 students in 15 Detroit schools! Our unique brand of helping young people channel their voice continues to manifest in classrooms and on stages.

Launch of Courageous Conversations Series

We hosted two Courageous Conversations this year that facilitated extraordinary exchanges between youth, adults and experts on sensitive issues with an emphasis on access to resources. Imagine having support handling the pressures of adolescence when you were young!

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Mis-taken? Art Show Highlighted Effects of Imprisonment on Youth

The art show produced in tandem with our 2018 theatrical production about incarceration featured art from young people as well as from inmates. Hosted at Marygrove College in March, the event also brought forward spoken word performances that conveyed the heartbreak that many youth feel to not have their parent at home.

Event to Remember: A Night in Paradise

More than 200 Teen HYPE fans celebrated Detroit's Paradise Valley legacy at our A Night in Paradise event on August 17th at the Whittier Hotel on the Detroit River.This glittery event provided extra dividends this year with an abundant raffle and with live music from Teen HYPE alum Betty-Alexandria Pride. Many thanks to lead sponsors PNC, Ascension Health, and Meijer.

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Your Company Can Support Teen HYPE!

We depend on corporate donors to ensure our adolescent health education messages reach into classrooms and within the community. We are actively seeking corporate sponsors for our Hidden in the Shadows play in March and our Build the HYPE Breakfast next fall. Please contact Mary Madigan for more information at 313-831-8336 or at mary.madigan@teenhype.org

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