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 Inclusion 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) 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.
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).
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.
Phone: 313-945-8159, Ext. 288