Rosa Parks Children & Youth Program
The Rosa Parks Children & Youth Program seeks to stretch the minds of young people, stimulate their creativity, and explore with them alternatives to violence.
This is accomplished by means of after school tutoring and art therapy sessions for children ages 6-15, a lending library of over 5,000 books, numerous seasonal family activities such as making Christmas cookies and decorating Easter Eggs. Teen boys’ and girls’ groups and a junior counselor program focus on the development of youth leadership.
A three week summer peace camp for all children features art, drama, music, dance, peacemaking classes and field trips. Other summer priorities include a one week leadership camp, a three week academic camp and a garden program that meets 4x a week throughout the spring and summer.
Summer Peace Camp
Every summer we host a Peace Camp where we invite Detroit's children and youth to come and learn about nonviolent conflict resolution, expressing their feelings through art and dance, plus other creative outlets like videography. This empowers and inspires these children to become peacemakers in their community. Last year, the participants reflected on what peace is to them. The video was completely filmed, produced and edited by them on iPads.