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Summer Jobs Available!

Why the Summer Work Skills Program?

Studies show that the summer months can be a critical time to build on the foundation of the previous school year — and prepare for the year ahead. From summer reading to trips to the museum, there are tons of ways to inspire your child.
View summer job skills and calendar here.

In the Summer Work Skills Program (SWSP), youth are preparing for the future.
Programs are 2 hours a day, five days a week~
June 27 – August 26

Youth sharpen their skills and gain valuable knowledge

Math Immersion, Science, Literacy and Writing, ACT Prep, College Tours
✓ Improve reading, writing and math levels
✓ Develop practical methods for progress
✓ Two hours of daily practice to improve skills
✓ Energize students with the desire for continued success
✓ Empower students to their education

Our proven programs help youth gain skills essential to their future

✓ 100% of youth hired at DTMAC graduate high school
✓ 100% of youth become on credit level for their grade level
✓ Paying youth encourages the focus on academic, learning new skills, and financial literacy
✓ 126 Washtenaw County Youth have become knowledgeable about consent, and protecting themselves from STD/STIs, including HIV and AIDS, through Prevent and Prevail

The Summer Work Skills Program benefits Ypsilanti

✓ Investment in the future
✓ Create change to make a better life and future
✓ Intergenerational interactions with the community
✓ Students are directly involved in making a positive change

Interested? Email!

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November Newsletter

Happy November!


It’s getting colder outside, we are fast approaching the holiday season, and we at Dedicated to Make a Change want to share a few things we are thankful for. We give thanks for the awesome participants, mentors, tutors, interns, and volunteers that help keep us running. We are also thankful for our sponsors, donors, participants’ parents and guardians, and supporters whom we couldn’t do without. From coming by to visit, to donating items for the clubhouse, to just reading our monthly newsletter, we appreciate everything you do to support DTMAC!

We have several events coming up this month. In H.O.P.E., the Open House at 2:30 pm on November 14th. The Ethics Bowl kickoff event is at U of M on November 8th from 1-4 pm.

For info about upcoming events, including our Spring Break Trip to D.C., read more here!

October Newsletter

“Fall is officially here, and so is school. H.O.P.E. Academic Program participants are working hard on their academics everyday after school at the clubhouse.

Teens gather for teen-run activity planning, or T.R.A.P., on Saturdays from 12 pm to 2 pm. T.R.A.P. is a program in which teens create, plan, and run activities for themselves and other teens in the community. Past activities include the Glow in the Dark Teen Party that took place in August, and field trips.”

For details about upcoming T.R.A.P. events, and more, read the newsletter here!

September Newsletter

DTMAC participants are getting ready to head back to school. It won’t be long until the weather begins to get chillier and the leaves begin to turn bright, fall colors.

H.O.P.E. Summer program was a HUGE success.

Here are some highlights:

  • “This summer was good because not only did I have fun, but I also became more prepared for school” student in the class of 2018
  • “Shakespeare week was a lot of fun. Reading, discussing, and watching the movie then reinacting the final scene between MacBeth and McDuff, with the Ring of Steel, really helped me to understand the play.” class of 2018

Read more here!

August Newsletter

The H.O.P.E. summer program is in full swing! Every morning we read for two hours, and then plan activities for community youth.
About the literacy program, Jasmon, a YCS student, said, “in the beginning of the program, I didn’t like to read very much and two hours was a long time, but now I like to read and two hours is nothing. It’s much easier now.” Click here to see more of our August 2015 newsletter!

July Newsletter

Our school year finished very well. We had a party at the end of June to say goodbye to Megan and DJ, who are starting college soon, and to celebrate the work of all of the H.O.P.E. participants. Yesterday, we went to the DIA to see the pictures and mural of the great artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Frida once said, “at the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” Click to see the rest of our July 2015 newsletter!

June Newsletter

Newsletter June 2015