The Northwest Detroit Youth Coalition (NWDYC) is a non-profit collaboration of Youth Agencies formed in 1996 to enhance opportunities for youth residing in the Northwest Detroit Area. The following barriers were identified preventing youth participation in organized sports and extra-curricular programs:

  • Poor communication of youth opportunities available
  • Lack of transportation
  • Few trained leaders
  • Lack of financial support
  • No community plan or vision to identify needs and how to connect youth and parents with resources needed

A steering committee of 18 members and an advisory committee with representation from area agencies serving youth and local businesses were formed to address these barriers.

Northwest Detroit Youth Coalition is organized through a volunteer community-based Board of Directors.  The Board oversees, coordinates, monitors, and assures accountability of The Board has youth advocates including teachers, criminal justice personnel, social workers, retired principals and company executives, and clergy who have devoted their lives to the positive growth and development of Detroit youth. In addition to volunteering their time once a month to meet, NWDYC board members offer their time and expertise visiting programs they sponsor to volunteer, donating, seeking new grant opportunities and using their networks to develop new partnerships.

For more information, please review NWDYC’s Annual Reports



Sister Therese MacKinnon, DC – President

Sister Ellen Schmitz, OP Vice President

Helen Hart – Secretary

Shirley Sands – Treasurer


Alexis Alexander

Father Donald Archambault

Sister Sharon Hagen, DC

James Ngare

Michael Sears

Curtis Simpson Jr.

Sister Rita Valade, RSM (Corpus Christi)



Adrian Dominican Sisters Ministry

Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Black Catholic Ministries

Ascension Providence Health Systems

Better Men Outreach

Christ the King Catholic School

Comerica Bank

Corpus Christi Parish

Daughters of Charity Mission & Ministries Inc.

Detroit Police Athletic League

Detroit Police Department

Henry Ford High School

Hitachi Metals, Ltd

New Hope Non-Profit Housing Corporation

New St. Paul Head Start Agency, Inc.

O’Hair Park Community Association

St. Francis Assisi Church, Ann Arbor

University of Michigan

West Midwest Sisters of Mercy Ministries