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June 2019


18 Peer Educators Graduate!

Now 36 Join.


Eighteen of Teen HYPE's Peer Educators are graduating from high school and the Peer Education Program. Some have been with us from the age of 13. Although we'll miss seeing them on Thursday nights at our youth group meetings, we're confident they've gained skills to be safe and successful community leaders.

Please join us in wishing them well in their future pursuits. Share one of our posts or create your own on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using these hashtags: #teenhype #graduation #readyfortheworld


Carl M.

serves on the Teen HYPE Youth Advisory Council and is headed to Oakland University to major in graphic design and minor in theater and studio art.


MaLaya T.

is going into the United States Army this fall, and wants to travel the world. A member of the National Honor Society in high school, she will enroll in college to major in communication arts with a focus in graphic design.


Eva G.

is headed to Henry Ford Community College to study environmental science. An avid tennis player and musician—she plans to be actively involved in her college's student organizations to further develop her passions.


Malcolm M.

serves on the Teen HYPE Youth Advisory Council and has received a full-ride Presidential Leadership Academy Scholarship to Bowling Green University and will be studying Creative Writing.


Jaelah B.

serves as Vice President on Teen HYPE’s board of directors and is the first youth ever to be elected in an executive leadership position. She is headed to Monroe Community College, then Fredonia University with a goal to earn a master degree in animation and illustration and work at an animation studio.


Matthew P.

is headed to Jackson College and is studying Dental Hygiene. He is the first of his siblings to graduate high school and go to college.


Justin F.

serves on the Teen HYPE Youth Advisory Council and has received a full-ride scholarship to University of Michigan–Dearborn where he will be studying pre-physical therapy.


Staria P.

is headed to Rochester University and is majoring in physical therapy. She is passionate about dance, step and cheerleading.


Lauryn M.

is President Emeritus of the Youth Advisory Council and serves on the Teen HYPE Board of Directors. She has received a scholarship to attend Alabama A&M University.


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Arendia H. (Youth Advisory Council), Brandy S., Duwan A. (Youth Advisory Council), Imani G., Jabbar T., Jaliyah L., Lashawndrea T., Lauren D.,Tyler R. (Youth Advisory Council)


Over the past two months, our senior class and Teen HYPE staff has been interviewing Peer Educator candidates and have already welcomed 36 new students to the Peer Education Program. Interviews will continue into early June, so we expect the final number to reach nearly 40.


Our senior Peer Educators lead icebreaker activities with the new Peer Educators. This August, the students will be fully immersed into Teen HYPE's culture at the annual YouthQuake—a 1-week camp focused on leadership development and community service.


courageous conversations

THURS., June 20 @ 6:00–7:00 PM

1938 Franklin Street, Suite 103 Detroit, MI 48207

Thought leader and clinical therapist, Vanessa Jackson, LMSW, will lead an interactive discussion between teens and adults on how young people’s resilience allows them to change the narrative on the trauma they face.


Huda Islamic Youth Organization (HIYO) eighth graders from Huda School & Montessori in Franklin, MI donated to Teen HYPE this past May.

The mission or their service project was to explore community relationships within an organization, understand the organization's identity and empathize with their needs. In December 2018, the HIYO eighth graders raised nearly $1000 through various fundraising events at their school, researched and selected Teen HYPE to donate the money raised. They hope to positively impact Teen HYPE and make a difference in our community while strengthening their own. We are honored that these youth leaders believe in Teen HYPE's mission to celebrate youth, confront barriers and build bridges with us!


Teen Hype will be providing free HIV testing and health education at Covenant House Academy on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM.

Call Camille Martin at (313) 948‒8427 for more information.


On May 31, our Peer Educators were trained in HIV prevention by Teen HYPE staff who are certified HIV-testers.Teen HYPE provides FREE and confidential HIV/STI testing and counseling services to people in our community ages 13‒29. Onsite Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) consultations are offered for persons at-risk for HIV including HIV/STI testing, a physician’s visit and a prescription for PrEP—the treatment to prevent HIV infection.

come visit us

Thurs., July 18 @ 6:00–7:00 PM

Spaces fill up quickly, so reserve your spot today!

We're opening our doors for a special view into the inner workings of our celebrated youth leadership development program.

  • Hear from our CEO, Ambra Redrick, about Teen HYPE's powerful origin story and our unique approach to youth development

  • See our Peer Education program in progress and learn from our Peer Educators about its transformative impact

  • Visit both our "Incubator" and "Elevator" sites where young people learn about social justice and making a difference in Detroit

  • Enjoy light refreshments

For more information, contact Mary Madigan, Director of Development, at (313) 831-8336 or at

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sponsor recognition

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Teen HYPE would like to thank the Jamie and Denise Jacob Family Foundation for renewing their generous support of our Development Program.


If you or a young person you know needs free, confidential HIV testing, please call Teen HYPE at 313-948-8427.

If your school is interested in Teen HYPE's in-school health programming, please call 313-831-8336.

For behavioral health resources, call SAMHSA's hotline: 800-662-HELP or visit

If you're interested in joining Teen HYPE's Youth Development Coalition, please contact Dee Smith, our Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships, at


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