Under 18: Upstart Activist (UP’s), Youth Volunteer Program
In Partnership with XTL Youth Empowerment Program and Youth Program Coordinator. Prospective volunteers under the age of 18 are required, in lieu of a background check, to submit a Letter of Reference from a Sponsor such as a mentor, teacher, clinician, etc., to describe their abilities and character. Required documents must be signed by the youth and the Sponsor. A Sponsor must be actively engaged in the Youth’s learning and development while volunteering with Affirmations. Youth under the age of 14 will not be accepted. Youth actively participating in Affirmations’ Youth Empowerment Programs have priority. Affirmations’ Youth Program Coordinator can be assigned as a youth Sponsor.

To learn more about the youth programming offered at Affirmations or to become an Adult Ally, contact Ian Unger at or call (248) 398 - 7105.

Adult Ally Training Dates

  • Friday, December 8th, 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Amazon Youth Wish List


  • We are currently in the process of updating our Youth Drop-In Center and require some items to do so. Please take some time to look at our Amazon Wish List and help the youth of Affirmations. Please click here to view the wishlist.

    Cross the Line (XTL) Youth Workforce Development Program


  • A 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


  • A 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.


    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, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. 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:

    Career Fair


  • Stop by the center on Friday, December 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m. for a Career Fair presented by Affirmations' XTL Youth Workforce Program. Learn about various career paths including law, accounting, mental health, medical, art therapy, STEM and more. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Ian Unger, the Youth Program Coordinator at

    Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar - Come Shop at Affirmations!


  • Pick up your last minute holiday gifts like art, jewelry and other fun crafts at the upcoming Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar on Friday, December 15th, 4 - 9 p.m. or Saturday, December 16th, 1 - 6 p.m. Interested in being a vendor for this event? Please click here to fill out the Vendor Form and send back to Ian Unger at by Friday, December 1st.

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  • Volunteer and Intern Spotlight

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