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

Adult Ally Training
Saturday, August 5th, 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
All interested parties, please email Ian Unger,

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. To fill out an application for this program, please click here.
This program will begin on September 18th, 2017.

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.To fill out an application for this program, please click here.

This program will begin on August 22nd, 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.  

Youth Events:

GTB Youth Video

XTLyouthStop by on August 4th, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. to be part of the GTB Youth Video! Come fill out a hexagon with a few words explaining why Affirmations is important to you or participate in a full interview on why you love the center. The hexagons will be put on our "Affirmations Wall" in the Youth Drop-In Center. If you'd like to attend, be sure to fill out this media release form if you haven't yet. Please contact Ian Unger at with completed forms or questions regarding this event.

LGBTQ+ Summer Camp

XTLyouthEquality Michigan is now offering scholarships for any youth who are interested in attending this three day summer camp! For more information, call 313-537-7000

Youth Resources:

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Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Karissa Nutter

Partner Spotlight

Thank you to Whole Foods Market in Troy, Rochester Hills, and West Bloomfield! We are incredibly grateful for your support of our center on 'Community Giving Day'. With your help, we were able to raise $9,931 for our center. Because of organizations like Whole Foods Market, we are able to continue to offer support to those in need six days a week, 52-weeks a year!

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