YOUTH VOICE is an organization for young people in Detroit to come together, build their own power, and create change. In individual chapters and a youth-driven executive board, YOUTH VOICE members become leaders by developing solutions to issues that affect their lives and community.
YOUTH VOICE currently has 10 chapters that is based in Southwest, North, Northwest, Brightmoor/Cody Rouge, and East Detroit with new chapters developing in Ypsilanti, MI. Together, they meet weekly and learn orgnaizing strategies by picking issues they want to work on, conducting research, building relationships with city officials, and working together to implement solutions with the support of an adult organizer.
YOUTH VOICE worked with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Chief of Police Ralph Godbee, and US Attorney Barbara McQuade to fight for a citywide violence reduction program Ceasefire, which secured $1.5 million from the Department of Justice. Read more about ceasefire and youth violence reduction here.
YOUTH VOICE held a Power Brunch Summer 2012 that brought together 100 executives, youth groups, non-profits, and city people to start a conversation around youth safety and youth employment.
YOUTH VOICE leaders were invited to participate in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention in Washington D.C. and was selected from the Mayor's office to govern a $10,000 youth-led violence prevention grant.
Since the YOUTH VOICE summit November 9, 2010 the YOUTH VOICE Executive Board has met with various city officials including Deputy Mayor Saul Green, Detroit Public Schools Police Chief Grimes, Detroit Police Chief Godbee to work on solutions to youth violence in Detroit. Follow the campaign here.
The Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody High School YOUTH VOICE chapter has secured 75 additional DDOT bus passes for students, opened an additional security entrance to the school to ease flow of student into the school and cut down on truancy rates, and they are currently working with DDOT to move a bus route closer to the school to reduce the risk of them becoming victims of violence.
For more information about YOUTH VOICE contact YOUTH VOICE lead organizer Kayla Mason at Kayla.Mason@tubmanorganizing.org