We’re bringing forth the leaders of tomorrow

Developing K.I.D.S. offers free, high quality after-school programming and development activities for Detroit youth

Youth Development

We offer programs for youth centered on academic enrichment, college readiness, summer jobs, recreation, mental health, and building life skills.

Family Management

We hold Family Fun Nights throughout the year for youth and their families, provide parenting workshops, and engage in ongoing advocacy.

Community Support

Developing K.I.D.S. offers special workshops and ongoing events on grief, loss, and trauma and mental health support. We help our families find the resources they need to grow and thrive.

Our Story

Developing Kingdoms in Different Stages (K.I.D.S.) began in 2007 with a mission of building strong communities by reaching out to youth and their families through prevention / youth development, family management, and community support services.

Since then, the youth we have served have had a 99-100% high school graduation rate. In 2019 alone, we worked with over 618 youth through more than 1,600 hours of programming.

All programs are offered at no cost to participants.

Latest News

Come See Our New Home!

Come See Our New Home!

Join us for our Sneak Peak BBQ!  You will have the opportunity to come on site to our newly purchased home.  Though it is still under renovation, you will have a chance to see the drawings of what the finished product will look like.  We'll have...

Breaking News!

Breaking News!

    We have some breaking news - Developing K.I.D.S. has a future permanent home! Developing K.I.D.S. first launched in 2007 with $750 and a dream. Fifteen years later, we are ecstatic about transforming a vacant 23,000-square-foot building in...

2022 Summer Program – Registration Closed!

2022 Summer Program – Registration Closed!

Thank you for your interest! Unfortunately, we have reached capacity for our 2022 Summer Program! If you were unable to get your child(ren) in this summer for camp, please be on the look out for our Fall Registration and Resource Fair that takes...

Developing K.I.D.S. in Las Vegas

Developing K.I.D.S. in Las Vegas

Our CEO and Deputy Director will lead a discussion at the National Afterschool Alliance conference in Las Vegas Nevada in March.  Their session is titled, "Planning for a Colorful Reflection of Your Programs and...

Developing K.I.D.S. Nurturing Young Entrepreneurs

Developing K.I.D.S. Nurturing Young Entrepreneurs

We were shocked to find out how many teens and young adults in our programs started their own businesses in the midst of the pandemic. Not only had they started these businesses, but they were thriving! WXYZ's News Anchor, Glenda Lewis, came out to...