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Monday, June 11, 2018

Keys 2 Life? MAJOR Key! 🔑🔑 Summer vacation is around the corner and we've got some exciting things on the way to keep our youth active. Beyond preparing for the Keys Camp, this month we're sharing our gratitude with parents and students as we enter out program close-outs.

Here's What You'll Find Below:
  • Keys 2 Life Summer Camp is Back and Better Than Ever!
  • Kids, Parents, and Fortnite: Safe Precautions to Keep in Mind
  • Program Close-out Ceremony 
And one last thing-- you must go follow us on social media! We can get to know each other better, every single day. Links are at the bottom of this page! 👍
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If you feel led to provide monetary support for our mission, in any quantity, we sincerely thank you. We promise to honor your investment in youth and the Detroit community!

It's that time of year: our Keys 2 Life Performing Arts Summer Camp is back and better than ever! Registration is still open, but closing out fast! This year, we are thrilled to partner with Wayne State University’s College of Fine Performing and Communication ArtsWe believe music and creative arts are uniquely equipped mediums for the development of self-discipline, curiosity, and social intelligence.  In just 4 weeks, our camp combines life skills and prevention instruction with an incredible performing arts education.  Here's a glimpse of what goes down!

Week 1:  Students sample each artistic discipline, learning the foundations, i.e. the parts of a song. This is their chance to explore their interests and strengths in a low-stakes environment, ultimately choosing a specific track to continue with for the remaining 3 weeks!

Week 2:  Every morning, students participate in The Yunion's program S.W.A.G.!  Don't worry, if your child has already participated in S.W.A.G., they will instead learn Leadership Development! Here, students focus on goal setting, character development, and career exploration.

Week 3:  AKA Spirit Week! This week, our Leadership Development students put together committees, set up spirit themes for each day of the week, present it to their groups, and lead by example! At the morning pick-me-up, each team performs a fashion show for the camp—we blast music, bring in a DJ, and let our kids show us what they’ve got!

Week 4:  AKA Heck Week. The students have spent the last two weeks creating material, practicing with their teams, and perfecting their technique alongside our amazing crew of instructors. The final performance is just around the corner and now it is time to piece all of their creative material together. Camp concludes with our amazing Showcase event!

This is the real deal, friends! We may be a little biased, but it is our genuine belief that this camp is invaluable. Plus, there is free breakfast and lunch for every kid, every day! Join us in encouraging Detroit youth to embrace their creativity while investing in the health of their bodies, minds, and spirits. You will not regret it! 

REGISTER NOW! LIMITED SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! 

"Fortnite, fortnite, fortnite!" The game that is all the rave! It's all we've been hearing about lately— the charge on our accounts, and the game that has most every kid up for the night and passing up social activity to stay in. 

What is Fortnite, you ask? More or less, this child hog is a cross between Hunger Games and Minecraft. Competitors are dropped off on an island and calls for players to use island resources and weapons to surf for survival and take out the opponent. 

The real issue doesn't lie in what the game consists of, but the time it takes away and the trade off interaction from your child to you, to sometimes complete strangers. The game promotes a social experience; which can be considered a good thing. Nonetheless, we encourage our parents to be mindful that this social atmosphere is open and accessible to any person with the game and a respective console. This can include your neighbors son, a long lost cousin, or even the bartender in Las Vegas.

We're not telling you to take their pride and joy away, or even hover over each and every time they play. Just simply be aware, and consider some things you can do to protect your youth from inappropriate content and users. 

These consists of but are not limited to: setting game rating restrictions, time limits, and putting purchase restrictions in place.  See what The New York Times has to say and further suggestions from The Federal Trade Commission on what you can do as a parent to promote gaming safety. 

Take Away:  You don't have to be the parent to "ruin all the fun", but you can stay in the loop and use your authority considerably to keep your kids safe. The features and tech creations we expose our children to add to their social buildup, interaction skills, health and activity distribution, and are forever changing perspective of identity. Games can be fun, but let's promote them to be safe as well!

ENDING JUNE ON THE RIGHT NOTE!
Staff Appreciation 
@ Tigers Stadium & Hard Rock Cafe


It takes a village to raise a child. In the same, it takes an amazing team to keep our program running and upholding the mission of The Yunion. In appreciation of the amazing work our team does, we will be treating them to a Tigers game and dinner at Hard Rock Cafe.
Keys 2 Life Camp Registration
http://www.theyunion.org/


Registration is now open will remain open on a rolling basis until June 30th. Spots are filling fast, and scholarship awards are being given out even faster! Dont miss out!
This years camp will be held in partnership with Wayne State Univerisity. Further detail can be found at http://www.theyunion.org/

 UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS 

Sat, June 16, 2018 
2:00PM - 6:00PM
 

Detroit's Juneteenth Celebration
@5575 Conner St.

"A celebration of history. A revisit to reality." There will be food, entertainment, education, and fun! 


Sun, June 17th
11:00AM - 5:00PM 

Eastern Flee Market
3434 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

"... featuring everything from vintage collectibles to local art and pretty much anything else you can think of from your Detroit area friends and neighbors. *FREE ADMISSION and ALL AGES WELCOME* Stop in and shop local!"
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