Life Skills Program

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This Life Skills Program is 12-week learning initiative geared toward youth ages 17-24 who are experiencing housing instability or have recently found stable housing. 

Youth will learn about:

  • Mental health, sexual health, physical health

  • Workforce & educational development

  • Housing rights & responsibilities

  • Financial literacy 

  • Nutrition

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Hygiene Practices & More


After School Enrichment Program


SOAR provides a safe and educational after-school experience for students in grades 9-12th who are McKinney Vento eligible. Students have the option of participating in optional enrichment clubs and have access to mental health support, showers, washer/dryer, daybeds and lockers.

SOAR is an After School Hybrid (In-Person + Online) Enrichment Program

  • Arts and Crafts + Games  

  • Fun TikToks & Social Media Mixers

  • Cooking w/Experience Relish 

  • Yoga & Meditation

  • Personal Development

  • Mental Health 

  • Financial Literacy

  • Sign Language Lessons (basics)

  • Theater - College Prep Assistance

  • Preparation for Workforce  Development Training/Trade School

  • Tutors & much more 


Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Program is designed to provide youth in Detroit with year-round paid and summer job readiness training and career readiness opportunities.

Program Partners and Facilitators include:


Blair Memorial Scholarship Program


Blair M. Smith was a compassionate, free spirited young man who loved learning.  He served as the founding president of our Youth Development Leadership Council; providing youth focused and centered insight on the development of our Asset Based Resource Center.  He transitioned in 2017 leaving behind a powerful legacy and a charge to us all to dispel myths around mental challenges and remove barriers to success.

Blair Memorial 
Scholarship 2022 - Application Open! 


Don't miss the opportunity to be the recipient of a $500 scholarship.


The Blair Memorial Scholarship was launched in honor of Blair Mandela, who was a compassionate, free spirited young man who loved learning.  He served as the founding president of the Youth Action Board. Blair transitioned in 2017, leaving behind a powerful legacy and a charge to debunk stigma around mental health challenges. The Detroit Phoenix Center tributes Blair and all he embodied through this scholarship program. 


This $500 scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic fortitude and desire to pursue higher education. 


Application deadline is July 22, 2022 at midnight


Eligibility to apply:

  • 2.5 G.P.A

  • Recent high school graduates accepted into an institution of higher learning

  • Currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning (community colleges and trade schools are accepted) 

  • Identify as having lived experienced with homelessness, foster care or the criminal legal system

  • Priority given to Detroit Phoenix Center members & alumni


To apply, please follow the link below; 

Blair Memorial Scholarship - Application (


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2020 Blair Memorial Scholarship Recipients

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Armani Arnold

Trevonne Beacham

Reagan Gantz

Jordain Sain

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Program Partners and Facilitators include: