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Youth & Young Adult Programs

Aim High Summer Teen Program

The Aim High Summer Teen Program offers eight one-week courses during the summer at ACCESS’ Family and Youth Services Center. High school students can register for courses focused on leadership, how to find a summer job, college preparation, team sports, Cake Boss 101, digital art and photography, make-up artistry and engineering.

The goal of the program is to expose students to unique topics and opportunities that will empower them to become creative, happy and successful citizens. The courses promote higher education, leadership, social empowerment, positive social media and civic engagement.

Arab American Youth Leadership Course

This course helps Arab American youth develop a sense of self and the capacity to live their lives with authenticity and purpose. The course addresses intergroup relationships with others. Youth explore topics of identity, culture, dominant narratives in society concerning Arab Americans, geopolitics and contemporary issues. Through a social justice framework, youth are exposed to social movements and change efforts that have been led by young people. A series of exercises, oral debates and education position Arab American youth to become leaders in their communities.

Digital Connectors

Digital Connectors is a technology-based program that targets young people between the ages of 14 and 21. This weekend program offers advanced technology instruction and teaches students leadership, life and employment skills. The program also provides career exploration, job-shadowing opportunities and assistance in finding a job.

Join In to Revitalize Arab American Neighborhoods (JIRAN)

Join in to Revitalize Arab American Neighborhoods (JIRAN) mobilizes Arab American residents to engage in their community and plan projects that create positive change in their neighborhoods. After a four-year grant from Skillman Foundation in 2008, in which JIRAN organizers identified social, health, and safety issues in the Chadsey/Condon, Cody/Rouge, and southwest Detroit neighborhoods, Skillman awarded ACCESS a JIRAN grant for another year. In addition to community, the program places strong emphasis on initiatives that build advocacy/civic engagement skills, and prepare youth for college and for the modern workforce.

Pathway to Success

Pathway to Success is an effective school-dropout prevention program funded through AT&T’s Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative. It is designed to support the efforts of Melvindale High School and Frontier International Academy to improve high school graduation rates by applying proven intervention strategies and social innovation initiatives, and assigning graduation specialists to each school.

Summer School

Summer school programs are held at area schools that offer afterschool programs during the academic year, providing students with an exciting – and free – opportunity to combine education with recreational activities and field trips.

SURA Arts Academy

SURA Arts Academy is a year-round diversity-themed program for middle-school students in east Dearborn and southwest Detroit. This award-winning program uses the art of photography and video to empower young people, giving them a sense of identity and heightened self esteem, and allow them to explore and express their creativity. The academy is a program of the Arab American National Museum (AANM).


Lindsay Robillard
Phone: 313-624-0210

Teenagers Aspire And Learn to Lead and Motivate (TAALLAM)

The Teenagers Aspire and Learn to Lead and Motivate (TAALLAM) program is designed to improve the social and academic functions of at-risk youth in the Dearborn and southwest Detroit areas. Utilizing ACCESS facilities and staff, the program adopts a holistic approach to develop the intellectual, psychological and physical health of youth. The program offers support, tutoring, sports activities and workshops that help youth perform better in core academic subjects, adopt healthy practices, and maintain positive identities and values and a commitment to learning and success.

University Prep (U Prep) Afterschool Program

The University Prep (U Prep) program offers tutoring for students four days a week in all subject areas, along with youth development courses including leadership skills, cultural diversity, civic engagement, study skills, college and career preparation and community service. The program is offered at Melvindale and Fordson high schools.

Workforce Investment ACT Youth

The Workforce Investment ACT youth program helps low-income teens and adults ages 14-21 who reside in Wayne County, excluding the city of Detroit (eligibility criteria must be met). Services include: Case management and referrals, career counseling, tutoring and summer work experience for in-school youth, employability skills and youth development workshops, opportunities for paid training (if eligibility criteria are met), assistance with job search and placement, and 12-month follow-up services.


Najwa Hadous
Phone: 313-945-8159, Ext. 288