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SOAR Anchor

After School Enrichment Program

SOAR provides a safe and educational after-school experience for students in grades 8-12th 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.


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

Internships & Fellowships 

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


This Summer Leadership Academy(SLA) is paid workforce development program that helps youth & young adults ages 14-24 build-essential leadership skills and explore future career opportunities through exciting hands-on activities, exclusive site visits, and interactive meetings with community leaders. Young leaders will also create, design, and execute an impactful service-learning project. 


The Young Change Makers Fellowship is a 10-month program that develops leadership and advocacy skills through service learning, immersive learning, and peer-to-peer mentorships.


Young Changemakers has guided workshops from community leaders, experiential education opportunities, and implement a community-wide service-learning project. 

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

The Blair Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to students who demonstrate academic fortitude and a desire to pursue higher education. Breaking down barriers to higher education is incredibly important to aiding young people realize their full potential and live out their dream.

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

The Application will be available May 2024

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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. 


2023 Blair Memorial Scholarship Recipients

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