Youth Development

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

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 older program, operating since 1985. The purpose of YOE is to develop the knowledge skills and understanding our youth need in order to become effective leaders within their community and city. Our program provides leadership development that highlight three core principles: EDUCATION, ACTIVISM, and SERVICE

Lower eastside youth alliance

We are a proud partner of the Lower Eastside Youth Alliance - a coalition that aims to create tomorrow's leaders of sustainable revitalization on Detroit's Lower Eastside. Our program partners in this coalition include Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, Crane Street Block Club, Genesis Hope Community Development Corporation and U-SNAP-BAC. 

Together this coalition has designed the youth environmental leadership and activism curriculum F.L.O.W. (Flood, Land, Ozone, Water & Waste) which emphasizes green growth training, green projects, and pathways to entrepreneurship.

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

upcoming events

We host the following youth activities regularly:

Artist Heaven: Make your own works of art surrounded by friends.

Bring Your Own Device: Learn how to use all features for your favorite tech device.

Cooking at the Vault: Meet at the Vault and learn how to cook an amazing meal with your friends.

Game/Movie Night: Watch your favorite movie or challenge your friends to your favorite games!

LEAP Project Planning: Help us plan new projects for our community.

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Meeting: Our TAC provides guidance about The Vault.

Tutoring: Need help with school work? Come hang with us as we strengthen our academic skills and do SAT prep!