What We Do

Developing K.I.D.S. provides high-quality youth development activities year round for ages 5-18, also supporting alumni in their transition into adulthood. We provide both youth and family programs. 

 Our programs are intended to build up at- risk youth through programs that encourage and educate them through learning and relationship building. All programs are offered at no cost to participants and families.


Prevention: provides afterschool and summer activities serving youth 5-18 years of age through workshops focusing on leadership, skill development, health, academic enrichment, goal setting, entrepreneurship, art, culture, relationships, college access, conflict resolution, recreation, financial literacy and service.

  • Afterschool workshops virtual and in-person (hybrid )for grades K-12 , attending 2x/wk for 32 weeks
  • In-person Summer Program for youth in grades K-8 for 6 weeks M-Th, in person for youth ages 14-24
  • The P.L.O.T.: Youth-led mentoring and leadership program for African-American boys and young men
  • Social-emotional and mental health wellness support year-round through partnerships
  • Acquiring property in 2022 to expand and intensify our services

Family Management: provides resources and referrals to families, hosts workshops and family activities

  • In-person family night activities throughout the year
  • Parent Chat Sessions twice a month on topics identified by parents

Community Support: supports the community by educating, informing, providing resources and referrals

  • College Access & Success Program-currently supporting 60 alumni and all participants
  • Workforce Development Program: Training year-round, Lead Agency for (GDYT) Summer Employment for 200+ youth ages 14-24 in Detroit
  • Youth & Young Adult Summits focused on skill-building, college access, trade/apprenticeships and careers
  • Mentoring, coaching, volunteer and employment opportunities for youth through the age of 24


Developing K.I.D.S. Youth Advisory Council comprises high school and college students in our programs. DK YAC takes the initiative in planning civic engagement-related events and activities. They also take time to learn about political systems and other cultures, develop leadership skills, and build healthy relationships while being academically successful.