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, October 6th, 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, November 3rd, 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, December 8th, 6 to 8 p.m.

Amazon Youth Wish List

XTLyouthWe 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

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 September 12th, 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, 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

XTLyouthLet Artist Heaven inspire your creativity! Join us on Friday, October 13th, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. to be uplifted, educated and inspired through various forms of art. Please RSVP to Ian Unger at or call (248) 398-7105.

Nightmare on Queer Street Dance

XTLyouthAre you between ages 13-20? Come get scary on October 27th, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and dance the night away at the center! Come in costume or come as you are. For more information, contact Ian Unger at or call (248) 398-7105.

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Volunteer Spotlight

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Partner Spotlight

Thank you Plante Moran for helping to provide our youth with back to school items! We are beyond grateful for your assistance.

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