Born and raised in Detroit, Teen HYPE 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 skills-building opportunities. We reach local middle and high school student in classrooms through our after school programming.
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 strive for the utmost quality while using up-to-date research to keep initiatives relevant and purposeful. We also provide ample leadership development experiences, access to supportive resources, 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