Youth Mentorship Program

Community Commitment

The Youth Mentorship Program (YMP) at The Henry Ford exemplifies the founders’ philosophy of “learning by doing” by offering teens the opportunity to develop meaningful life and work skills while fostering positive relationships with adult role models.

Working in a partnership with the Wayne-Westland Community Schools, the YMP gives high school students from that district the chance to earn additional credits and life experience by spending the second half of each school day working with a full-time employee of The Henry Ford, who volunteers to serve as a mentor.

Recognized nationally for its success, The Youth Mentorship Program provides an atmosphere where students can succeed in an environment different from traditional schools. Working with their mentors, community-building activities, goal setting, and weekly discussions on topics that students choose help foster trust and camaraderie within the program.

When the students graduate they leave with strong communication and interpersonal skills, responsibility, and the awareness that they can succeed, reflecting the goal of the Youth Mentorship Program to provide positive changes in young lives.

For more information on the Youth Mentorship Program, please contact:

Emily Koch
Youth Mentorship Program, Director
313.982.6100 Ext. 2264

Recent supporters of the Youth Mentorship Program include:

Comerica Charitable Foundation
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund
Clarence and Jack Himmel Foundation
Karen and Drew Peslar Foundation
Young Woman’s Home Association

The Applebaum Senior Scholars Program is made possible by
Applebaum Family Compass Fund