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!
“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!
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
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.
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.”