The annual Spiritual
Prayer Breakfast to kick off the intensive planning
stages of the upcoming 29th annual Metro
Detroit Youth Day (MDYD) which draws more than
37,000 area youth was held recently at Greater Grace
Temple in Detroit. Bishop Charles Ellis III praised
the group for making a difference with our youth.
organizations and individuals honored at the Prayer
Breakfast were as follows: Detroit Homeland
Security, Detroit Wayne County Health Authority,
Greater Detroit area Health Council, Federal Bureau
of Investigation, Mariner’s Inn, and Orchards
honored were: Kohls, Enterprise Rent-A-Car,
Quicken Loans, Awrey Bakeries, and Henry Ford Health
tributes were presented to Paul W. Smith of WJR
Radio; John Ambrose of Michigan State University;
Scola, Detroit Free Press;
Rich Homberg Detroit Public Television; and Tim
Pendell of the Detroit Lions.
The event emphasizes
the need for education, mentorships and guidance for
our youth. The theme this year will emphasize the
need for greater safety of our kids by stopping the
bullying, stopping crime, and more emphasis on ways
to reduce obesity and how to become a young
entrepreneur and own your own business, said Ed
Deeb, co-founder and chairman of the Youth Day
event, and president of Michigan Food and Beverage
Association (MFBA). “The kids are our future. Now
more than ever the community needs to rally around
the kids to save their lives and prepare them for
the future. We also want to build a spiritual net
“Most importantly, we
want to keep our kids in school and keep them in
Michigan after graduation from college!” Deeb added.
Hundreds of Volunteers
and Thousands of Hours of Planning Go Into Youth Day
When you invite more than 35,000 youngsters to enjoy
free food, games, clinics, entertainment and fun
there is a lot of preparation needed. There are
community leaders from more than 300 organizations
who prepare for the annual Metro Detroit Youth Day
on Belle Isle.
Get involved in one of the most meaningful and life
changing events of the year. Become a Metro Detroit
Youth Day volunteer. To become a MDYD volunteer
please fill out the downloadable form on our website
and return to the address listed on the form. If
you have any questions, please do not hesitate to
contact us at (586) 393-8800.
“Last year we had more
than 1,600 volunteers supervising more than 37,000
youth between the ages of 9 – 15 years of age,” said
Ed Deeb co-founder and chairman of the event.
“Several organizations and companies send their
employees to help us out to assure that the event
runs as smoothly as possible.”
Pictured above are
volunteers helping out in the food area. The
volunteers help assemble and serve the lunch to all
of the youth and volunteers who participate in Metro
Detroit Youth Day.
Activities at Youth Day
The children attending
the 29th annual Metro Detroit Youth Day
will have plenty of options to enjoy the day and
participate. Sports clinics will be held in
football, basketball, baseball, martial arts, golf,
tennis, bowling, physical fitness, various relay
races, exhibits in the various tents, and will enjoy
a free lunch at noontime.
Youth must pre-register
in order to participate in the event. Youth between
the ages of 9 – 15 years of age
can obtain registration forms at the Youth Day
office, parks and recreation offices, and various
other areas. Or phone (586) 393-8800, or obtain
registration forms from our website,
Day Entertainment Will
Feature Motown Stars, Idol Winners
As usual, activities
and entertainment at Youth Day will give
participants several options.
feature Martha Reeves, Motown artist, Rev. Ortheia
Barnes-Kennerly, and the winners of the Metro
Detroit Youth Day Idol Contest. The U.S. Air Force
Color Guard will help kick-off the event with many
dignitaries on hand. They include: Mayor Dave
Bing, Councilman Ken Cockrel, Jr, Wayne County Exec.
Bob Ficano, Sheriff Benny Napolean, Sheriff Anthony
Wickersham, Macomb County Exec Mark Hackel, sports
stars Lem Barney, Musin Mohamed, Willie Horton,
Tommy Hearns, and Emanuel Steward.
Youth Day to Feature New "College Row" and Four Mini
Workshops July 13 at Belle Isle's Athletic Field
The 35,000 plus
youngsters who attend Metro Youth Day this year will
experience new attractions.
There will be mini
15-minut workshops which will concentrate on
Anti-Bullying, Dealing with Obesity, Crimes
Affecting Students, and How to Start Your Own
Business and Entrepreneurship.
There will also be a
number of colleges participating in “College Row”
which will include: Michigan State University,
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of
Michigan Dearborn, Wayne
Western Michigan University, Oakland University,
Saginaw Valley State University, Davenport
University, Lake Superior State University and Wayne
County Community College.
“Our Youth Day is
education oriented,” said Ed Deeb, co-founder of the
event. “Students and volunteers will have the
opportunity to visit each area to learn more about
Sponsor of Metro Detroit Youth Day 2011
available for Metro Detroit Youth Day and Michigan
Youth Appreciation Foundation. You can
for the event, for college scholarships and/or
donate prizes to
award to the
kids for the various games, contests and activities
at the Metro Youth Day event.
Contact the Michigan
Youth Appreciation Foundation or Metro Detroit Youth
Day offices at:
27700 Hoover Road
Warren, MI 48093
Phone: (586) 393-8800
Fax: (586) 393-8800
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SET FOR JULY 13
This year’s 29th
annual Metro Detroit Youth Day will be held July 13.
Children between the ages of 8 and 15 years will enjoy a
variety of games, sports clinics, motivational speakers,
entertainment, sports stars, fun and a free lunch.
Last year there were more than
1,600 volunteers who supervised more than 37,000 children,
according to Ed Deeb, co-founder and chairman of Metro
Detroit Youth Day and President of Michigan Food and
Beverage Association. “ It was the largest attendance ever
and the largest youth event in the state,” he said.
Each year college scholarships
are awarded to graduating high school seniors, and several
students are honored for academic achievement and community
work. In addition to youth winning games, contests, and
races, they also receive prizes donated by the various
Today more than 319 youth and
community organizations participate in the event which was
the recipient of the national Point of Light Award and the
Governor’s Michigan Physical Fitness Award as one of the
best and largest youth events in the State. More than 220
business, corporate and community organizations co-sponsor
Children interested in
participating in Youth Day must pre-register. Registration
forms are available at local youth organizations, community
groups, and on the Youth Day website
www.metrodetroityouthday.com or at the MFBA office.
Youngsters must have a parent’s or guardian’s written
permission to attend and take part in activities by filling
out a form.
Theme for this year’s Metro
Detroit Youth Day: “Making it our business to stop
bullying, stop youth crime, reduce obesity and educate our
kids to be future entrepreneurs,” Deeb said.
Organizations or businesses
interested in sponsoring the event or a bus to transport
children to and from Belle isle or receiving youth
registration forms, contact MFBA at (586) 393-8800.
Youth Day volunteers are
pictured at the annual planning meetings, this year held at
The Salvation Army offices.
Youth Day Today More Than Just
Fun and Games
At the beginning, Metro Detroit
Youth Day encouraged the youngsters to participate in
various sports clinics, contests and races.
In 1991, after we received the
Point of Light Award (No 477), this colorful event became
more than just fun and games.
“We began offering college
scholarships to graduating high school seniors and honoring
students in grades 9th to 11 for academic
achievement and community services,” relates chairman Ed
“This wonderful event could not
be possible without the support of our various sponsors,”
Deeb added. “They help pay the bills, provide buses and
Last year 54 scholarships were
awarded and 30 high school students were honored for
scholastic achievement and community service.