Youth Development


For more information, please contact Tanya Aho at (313) 311-3469.

Creating programs and platforms that transform the lives of youth on the Lower Eastside.


Youth on the edge of greatness

Youth on the Edge of Greatness (YOE) is the Eastside Community Network's oldest program, operating since 1985. The purpose of YOE is to garner youth voice in our community planning process. YOE focuses on community service, community planning skills, and leadership skills. There is also a focus on career and college readiness - highlighting creative jobs - through both vocational and college paths.

Summer Employment

Job training and workforce development are essential for our youth. Through strategic partnerships with Grow Detroit's Young Talent and Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, we provide summer employment to youth on the Lower Eastside. Over 6 weeks, youth gain job experiences and are trained in job readiness, internet safety, etiquette, team building, and financial literacy. 

This summer youth will learn and earn in jobs focused on the following industry areas:

Coding & Web Design
Community Beautification


the vault teen center

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The Vault is a teen center located in our headquarters at 4401 Conner St (between Warren and Mack). The center provides our youth with a safe space to socialize, learn and interact with each other. Our youth's commitment to maintaining The Vault as a safe space for their peers is evidenced by their mission statement:

To be a safe, chill-able space where teens are empowered to use their voice to create a positive community that fosters leadership and inspiration.

Teen Advisory council

The Vault is guided by our Teen Advisory Council (TAC) - a 12-15 member group that began meeting in October 2016. TAC officers meet once a month to provide feedback and ideas for The Vault programming and activities. These youth are also involved in other ECN led community planning and leadership building activities.

Current Officers:
Terry Edwards - President
Stephon Hornton - Vice President
Destiny Gray - Secretary
Diamond Gray - Town Crier
Jessica Dodge - Public Relations
Kareem Powell - Treasurer


Do you have a project in your community garden or yard that is just too big for you to tackle yourself?  Do you have a neighbor that may need help with the maintenance for their yard?  Do you have a large event that you need volunteers for?  We have a solution!  The LEAP Service Leaders are a group of 10-12 youth that are part of the Summer Youth Employment Program.  This group of youth are prepared to volunteer helping their neighbors this summer.  They are available form July 9- August 16 on Mondays- Thursday from 10 am-2 pm.  Our youth are looking for projects that would take about 4 hours for 10-12 people.  There also has to be a restroom available to our youth during their work time. (Please note that due to Michigan law our youth cannot use motorized tools such as lawn mowers and weed whackers).    If you would like to schedule our youth to come and help for your project please fill out this form and we will contact you.

The Vault Event & Activities Calendar

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