MDYC Core Values

Our 9 core values inspire us to innovate through mission.


Metro Detroit Youth Clubs is a youth leader, serving ages 6-18 for 65+ years

Metro Detroit Youth Clubs serve over 1,800 Club members in Metro Detroit. At MDYC, our North Star is our youth. The 9 Core Values presented at the bottom of this page summarize the intention behind our mission and promise as a Club. We pride ourselves and work hard to lead with these values each day.


The mission of the Club is to empower youth to reach their full potential through safe, accessible, and inclusive experiences that open doors to a bright future, enabling every Club member to graduate from high school with a plan for college or career, contribute to their community and live a healthy life.

Building on 65 years of serving Metro Detroit youth, we are guided by our mission-focused, evidence-based programs focusing on: literacy, mental health services, mentoring, workforce development, and play opportunities in health and fitness. 

In addition to our mission, we hold the following core values to be as important and defining to our organization.

We Care

For 65 years, we have cared about the youth in our communities. We lead by empowering and believing in youth.

We Are Safe

The Club is a safe space for all youth where families can rest assured that their children will be respected.

We Have Fun

Club members have fun at the Club, whether it is a sports league, art class, or playing in the games room.

We Get Outcomes

We believe in a data-centered, outcome-focused approach. We use research to strengthen our mission.

We Serve Youth

Our mission is youth. We serve youth ages 6-18 and listen to their needs, catering programs to best serve them.

We Are Positive

We focus on affirming good behaviors and modeling best practices that have been proven to be most effective.

We Are Dedicated

Many of our staff members have been with us for over a decade or are recent Club members, each sharing a passion for the Club and its youth.

We Are Inclusive

At Metro Detroit Youth Clubs, we take pride in our inclusivity and diversity. We lift up voices and we condemn any type of superiority, racism, or violence.

We Are Creative

We provide access to fun, cutting-edge experiences and programs that help open our members' eyes to the possibilities that are out there.