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 Traning Dates:

  • Saturday, March 10th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    Recess Cafe


  • Stop by Monday, Wednesday or Friday, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and grab a snack in support of the Affirmations' Youth Ran Recess Cafe. All money raised from the cafe goes directly to the youth programming at the center. For specific information on the cafe, please contact Ian Unger at

    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.
  • The first 2018 Workforce class is now open and taking applications! Please click here to access the application and send it off to Ian Unger at when complete.

    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.
  • The first 2018 Leadership class is now open and taking applications! Please click here to acesss the application and send it off to Ian Unger at when complete.


    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:

  • Artist Heaven Event on Friday, Feb. 16th
  • Art Therapy: Every 3rd Saturday - Canceled for Feb. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Karaoke Night on Friday, Feb. 23rd

    Youth Resources:

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  • Volunteer and Intern Spotlight

    Jud Cole

    Partner Spotlight

    Thank you Care One, Inc. for your support of our Spring Bash gala. Your help is assisting in keeping our doors open twelve hours a day, six days a week, fifty-two weeks a year! We are beyond appreciative for your commitment.

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