Ford Foundation supports Detroit Youth project


Detroit Youth Passages (DYP), led by CARSS director Rachel C. Snow of the University of Michigan School of Public Health and fellow colleague Mark Padilla now at Florida International University, hosted the Ford Foundation’s Youth Sexuality, Health and Rights Initiative Grantee Convening June 12th-14th in the city of Detroit.

DYP is a Ford Foundation funded project focused on how the economic, political, social and built environment contribute to poor sexual health outcomes among Detroit youth, including participation in sex work, and both stigmatizing and coercive relationships. This Convening allowed representatives from Ford-Foundation’s six Youth Sexuality projects across the USA to share new research findings, graduate student projects, youth perspectives, and community partnerships. CARSS is sponsoring a Detroit youth micro-enterprise project, which builds upon work funded by the Ford Foundation.

The DYP Youth Advisory Board welcomed attendees to Detroit on the first day with a showcase of their Photovoice gallery at the University of Michigan Detroit Center. There, youth participants presented their photo-montage and experience of geographic risk and the built environment of Detroit, and the impact of documenting and voicing their experience.

The Detroit-based team includes co-investigators from three community based agencies: Laura Hughes of The Ruth Ellis Center, Deena Policcicchio of Alternatives For Girls, and Angela Reyes of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, all of whom participated in the Convening event. On the second evening, the DYP team, CARSS and the Ford Foundation co-hosted a reception at the Fountain Bistro in Campus Martius, which was an opportunity for attendees, community partners and University representatives to relax and enjoy learning about the range of Ford-funded projects on young people’s sexuality, health and rights; and CARSS-funded projects based in Detroit.