The co-founders, Franky Hudson and Ambra Redrick, identified an opportunity and need to center youth voice and leverage their innate assets for their development. Fearless in their willingness to confront difficult teen issues, they developed a program model that was rooted in respect, inclusiveness, excellence, safety, diversity, and creativity. They boldly declared a commitment to see Detroit youth thrive. Since 2004, Teen HYPE has reached more than 35,000 Detroit-area youth with programming designed to help prepare them for the world. Every year, hundreds of students in dozens of schools receive adolescent health education that promotes future-oriented thinking, avoiding risky behaviors, and honoring their voice. We have also trained more than 600 teens as Peer Educators who apply their leadership in service to their communities and other young people.

Type(s) of Youth Work

Out of School Time / Out of School Programming

Age Group(s) Supported

10 - 12 years old, 13 - 15 years old, 16 - 18 years old, 19 - 24 years old