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We decided to start our own program that was specifically designed for middle school students. We met at the library for four weeks during the summer, doing academics four days a week, and leaving one day for community service. We always met for four hours a day. The program was free of charge, transportation was provided, and participants were given basics in academics, soft skills, and positive group interactions.
What did we learn? All the students wanted to continue this program during the school year This was the beginning of Having Opportunities for Positive Education, H.O.P.E., one of the four programs being moved to Educate Youth.
All of our programs are created by youth, for their peers. Our mission has remained consistent: to connect youth with the world to promote peace, greater understanding, and a love of learning. All the programs, S.A.T. Preparation, Prevent and Prevail : an Open exchange of ideas about Sex, Empowerment, Drugs, and Prevention for STDs and HIV, Ethics Bowl , and H.O.P.E . are moving from Dedicated to Make a Change to Educate Youth 501c3.
Educate Youth 501c3 is being started because we want to make a difference in the lives of Ypsilanti youth. It is a chance for the community to provide the needed sources of funding for the youth programs that change lives. Educate Youth 501c3 is the evolution and culmination of Dedicated to Make a Change’s youth-centered educational programs into a single, independent entity. Here in Ypsilanti, Educate Youth serves teens from underfunded schools, where students are not receiving an adequate education. Our focus is to give youth the tools to thrive in an academic environment, function effectively in the workforce, and to develop skills for positive interactions with others. Educate Youth is a job for the program's participants.
For 1 hour of work, a student makes $8. Students typically work a 10 hour week. This is on top of going to school 35 hours/week.
For the tutors, it takes $12 to pay them by the hour.
By donating, you are ensuring the financial future of both a current professional worker, and a future leader in our community.
Life is good.
Juan one of our 2016 graduates.