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, the program provides 12 weeks of interactive training and 12 weeks of on-the-job training. During the program pilot 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 24-week program designed to empower up to 40 LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-20 with leadership skills particularly focusing on issues surrounding LGBTQ+ youth peers. 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.

The program began on January 31st, 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 and 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.  

S Squared Tutoring

This group will meet, starting in the Fall of '17 for back to school season. Please keep checking back for more details.




To learn more about the youth programming offered at Affirmations, contact Lilianna Reyes.

Volunteer Spotlight

"Before volunteering, Affirmations was a place I went to for support and services. It helped me to gradually learn to accept and love myself during a difficult period prior to coming out."

Partner Spotlight

Thank you to GTB! Your support of our Warm & Cozy Winter Drive program helped to keep many warm this winter, we are extremely grateful. Thank you for helping us to keep our doors open six days a week, 52-weeks a year!

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