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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!

Teen-Run Activity Planning (T.R.A.P.) Continues Saturdays

Our teen activity planning program, known as T.R.A.P., will continue into this fall. Sessions will be on Saturdays beginning September 19, from 12-2 pm.

This past summer, youth organized a number of events for their community, including a Glow in the Dark Teen Party. Read about it here: http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/08/dedicated_to_change_holds_teen.html#incart_related_stories


Ethics Bowl Practice

Every Monday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 starting September 21st, Dedicated to Make a Change participants will prepare for the 2016 Ethics Bowl.


DTMAC Youth represent Ypsi Community High in the 2015 Ethics Bowl

Prevent and Prevail is Back!

DTMAC is hosting our teen-run HIV/AIDS and sex education program, Prevent and Prevail, at the Jim Toy Community Center in Braun Court in Ann Arbor near Kerrytown. Wednesday evenings sessions begin September 23rd through November 11th from 6 to 8 pm.

Youth oin us in an open discussion of sex, identity, STD prevention, and more.

Prevent and Prevail Fall 2015

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

YouthSpeak: Safety

On November 10th, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Washtenaw County Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was the 2014 YouthSpeak meeting.

YouthSpeak is an annual youth public forum that empowers young people to advocate on their own behalf. Represenatative Rutledge, Sheriff Clayton, Washtenaw County prosecuting attorney Brian Mackie, Superintendents of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, State Representative Adam Zemke, Washtenaw Department of Human Services, and WISD all attended this forum. Youth were asked to write and present a 2-3 minute speech telling local decision-makers what safety meant to them.

Here’s what an employee of H.O.P.E. said:

What Safety Means to Me
“I am an 11th grade student at Ypsilanti High School. I work as a tutor for Dedicated to Make a Change. In school, I feel pretty safe, but as a student, I don’t think safety is the biggest issue in the school. I really think that, as a community, [we] should focus more on education. If we had a strong focus on learning, there would be fewer safety problems. For example, I have a class without a teacher. In this class, the students walk into class not expecting to learn, but to sit there and waste an hour of class that should be used to gain the privilege of a public education. Thank you.”

Valentine Road Film: Blogs

Documentary Film

Valentine Road

Dedicated to Make a Change, L3C is an all-inclusive youth organization. We support learning in a holistic and civic-minded fashion and provide high-quality, diverse opportunities for youth to learn through action about justice, diversity and social responsibility. We work with teens in Washtenaw County to support their dreams and restore their excitement in learning. One program in particular is focused on helping young teen’s combat academic iniquity and thrive in spite of a school system that is failing them: H.O.P.E., or Having Opportunities for Positive Education. Another of our program is Prevent and Prevail which is a comprehensive sex education program where youth-facilitate HIV prevention program. The teens host discussions of sex, empowerment, identity, orientation, expression, and prevention for STIs and HIV for their peers.

The youth who wrote the blog entries were from the H.O.P.E. program. The blogging opportunity gave a opportunity to look objectively at youth concerning youth “hate” crimes. Most of the youth have witnessed gun violence in their community, but analyzing and understanding impact of gun violence in regards to hate crimes was an eye opening experience. Viewing this situation offered a chance to critically think about what it means to “hate” without knowing someone. We discuss sexual and gender identity, and what it means to be an ally.

The youth at DTMAC are dedicated to making a positive impact on the community they reside in. when they were presented with the opportunity to go see the documentary Valentine’s Road they were overly ecstatic. When asked to record some of their thoughts they did so…

The movie told a lot of hurtful things. I did not know what to expect of Larry’s appearance, but before the movie I visualized what everybody was going to look like. All of Larry’s friends were very hurt to lose him. Brandon took a young man’s life, and by doing so he made a grown man decision. Larry was a young man with a joyful heart but it was took by a peer. If you haven’t watched this movie you should go see it

Class of 2016
-Juan Davis

My experience with watching the film “Valentine Road” really put me between a rock and a hard place. It was challenging on the thought of whether the defendant should be sentenced life or a hand full of years. This film sent out so many messages, and eye-openers. It also shows us the type of society we live in, and have to survive through on an everyday bases. It would be best for this film to be spread around internationally not just targeting teens and minors, but everyone! Once again this is a fantastic film.

Class of 2016
-Maia Byrd

The documentary Valentine’s Road was a very emotional, interesting, and detailed film. The film was based on a young boy who was shot and killed by his middle school classmate because of sexual orientation. It expressed the terrible feelings of Larry’s fellow classmates and friends. In my opinion this is a great documentary.

Class of 2016
-Justin Thomas

Valentine rode was one of the most beautiful movies I’ve seen this year. This movie was more than I can put into words. Its so hard to come to an understanding about how you feel after you watch it. It was more of a documentary in a movie form. Its breath taking. Its something you would want to watch over and over again just to make sure you didnt miss anything. If you haven’t seen this film yet, YOU NEED TO!!!!

Class of 2016
Otha Nash

Valentines Road was a very amazing and beautifully directed documentary. It opened my eyes to the reality of how judgmental society can be towards the Trans community. It also showed me that hate crimes are rarely ever handled fairly in the justice system. I hope that one day victims of hate crimes are not made to like they are the blame for their own harassment, assaults, and even murders.

Class of 2015, BSW
-Douglass Harvey