YouthWorks-Detroit was founded as a service and internship program for college students in 1995 by two middle school teachers working in Detroit. At school, they noticed a major deficiency in their students’ lives was a lack of committed relationships. From fathers and family, to random changes in teachers, neighborhoods, and schools, their students experienced foundational relationships abandoning them on a consistent basis. YouthWorks-Detroit was founded in part to help redeem this void in the lives of Detroit youth.
YouthWorks-Detroit's mission is equipping youth for fullness of life. For the past twenty years, we have built lasting relationships with Detroit youth and families, helped restore homes and communities, and impacted young people to become catalysts for change in our city. Based in the Woodbridge Historic Neighborhood, we continue to provide Detroit youth with the good news of Jesus, academic success, leadership skills, and committed relationships through after-school programming, summer job programs, service-learning, and mentoring and discipleship opportunities.