To learn more about the youth programming offered at Affirmations or to become an Adult Ally, contact Ian Unger.

Adult Ally Training

All interested parties, please email Ian Unger,

Recess Cafe

XTLyouthThe Recess Cafe is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Stop by and meet new friends in our safe and LGBTQ+ friendly space where snacks, games, and free wi-fi are available.

Open Mic Night!


Come out to Affirmations and express yourself at open mic night! Bring your short pieces, personal stories, and poetry about LGBTQ+ lives to share in our Recess Cafe on Friday, June 23rd, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. For more information on participating, please contact our Youth Program Coordinator, Ian Unger at

Youth Drop-In Dinner


Are you between the ages of 13 to 20? Stop by in our Youth Drop-In Center for a Qdoba dinner on Friday, June 23rd, at 4:30 p.m.. First come first serve! Thank you to Sapient Razorfish for hosting this dinner for our youth!

Cross the Line (XTL) Youth Workforce Development Program

XTLyouthA 16-week program designed to empower LGBTQ+ youth in the metro Detroit area with the soft and hard skills necessary for successful workforce navigation. Utilizing theoretical and practical application, this program provides interactive training and on-the-job training. During the program period, XTL Youth Workforce Development Program will serve up to 15 metro Detroit youth ages 13-24.

Cross the Line (XTL) Youth Leadership Development

XTLyouthA 16-week program designed to empower up to 40 LGBTQ+ youth, ages 13-20 with leadership skills particularly focusing on issues surrounding LGBTQ+ youth. Leadership skills utilized from curricula that focuses on understanding power and privilege, LGBTQ+ 101, facilitation skills, presentation skills, creative advocacy approaches, mentorship, community engagement, and social risks prevention such as bullying, HIV/STI, domestic violence and sexual assault. We work with our BAC (Business Advisory Counsel) to guide and mentor the youth through the program.

This program will begin on August 23rd, 2017.

Carl Rippberger Youth Drop-in Center

The Carl Rippberger Youth Drop-In Center provides a safe place for youth to engage their peers for networking, fun, and learning. The Center is open Fridays and Saturdays, 4pm-9pm for youth, between the ages of 13 and 20 (adults are not allowed in the space unless they are trained adult allies (volunteers). This Center is equipped with an XBOX 360 and assorted games, pool table, board games, WIFI, Netflix, and much more. The Center also features movie and game nights and youth-led discussion groups.  




Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Sabrina Bolvari!

Partner Spotlight

Thank you to The Jewish Fund! We are incredibly grateful for your support of our Education Health Care Initiative. With your help, we are able to to continue to offer support to those in need six days a week, 52-weeks a year!

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