Advancing Quality Together. Advocating for Youth.

The Youth Development Resource Center (YDRC) supports youth development providers in Detroit.

We work with hundreds of providers across Detroit – large and small with a range of program offerings — to strengthen their individual and collective impact on youth.

The YDRC focuses on empowering youth development providers that fill opportunity gaps in youth’s access to quality learning experiences — expanding the time, places, and ways in which youth learn and grow. Young people find and ignite their passions, get connected to caring adults, and are more likely to become lifelong learners with skills for success.

Through participation in Detroit youth development programs, youth improved their skills for:



(relationships with peers and adults)



(academic motivation, interest in learning, critical thinking, school bonding)



(perseverance, assertiveness, action orientation, reflection, optimism, empathy, trust, emotion control)

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YDRC’s Network Is Growing

Our network includes hundreds of providers that are lifting up the benefits of youth development programming to improve youth outcomes.

170 Organizations

overall have participated in at least one networking event, professional development workshop or summit, or data cohort (Sept. 1, 2021 – Sept. 1, 2022)

126 organizations

have attended a YDRC professional development training or summit

107 organizations

have attended network meetings

49 organizations

have completed a professional learning community


YDRC launched Discover Your Spark to highlight the importance of year-round, out-of-school-time resources and help parents and caregivers connect to local programs. Through and its summer companion effort, parents can search for afterschool and summer programs across Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Email to be added to the Program Finder!

Please share and this flyer with parents looking for quality youth programs.

Discover Your Spark is promoted to families in Detroit thanks to generous support from the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.