EPIC Youth Program


The EPIC Youth Program provides positive experiences and opportunities for Wayne County youth to increase access to enriching activities and to decrease incidents of juvenile delinquency.

For eligible registered youth, the following services and programs are available and free of charge:

Program Components

Community Prevention Counseling:
  • Individual and group prevention counseling
  • Safe and confidential environment to process life events
  • Resource referral
  • Job placement assistance
  • Community field trips

EPIC Mentoring Program:

  • Focused on academic achievement
  • Career exploration
  • Group and site-based mentoring
  • Weekly mentee activities
  • Biweekly dinner and activities with mentors
  • College Tours

After School Activities Program (ASAP):

  • Athletics
  • Academic enrichment
  • Arts and cultural activities
  • Career exploration
  • Fun interactive classes including dance, art, cooking, etc.

To find out more information or enroll your child in the EPIC Youth Program, please contact People's Community Services at 313-554-3111.

After School Program

Developing young minds is central for creating well-rounded, contributing adults. We achieve this through educational, interactive activities in a relaxed atmosphere that is conducive to learning. The after school program is offered at both the Hamtramck Neighborhood Center and Delray Neighborhood House. This program focuses on making a difference in children's lives through structured interaction with adults. We monitor improvements among the children in order to accurately report changes in key indicators. This reporting is essential to document how we are helping our youth stay in school and reach their full potential.

Staff and college volunteers are available to help youth with homework and problem areas every afternoon.

Computer Lab
Each computer lab has eight computers with high-speed Internet connections (monitored for inappropriate material) and are provided for students to do homework, use learning software, or just explore their own interests on the Web.

Arts & Crafts
This component attempts to be more than busy work, but also an exposure to beginning techniques and history and is an outlet for youth's feelings. Activities for youth include painting, modeling, and trips to the museum.

Youth are able to participate in physical activities at the onsite gymnasium, playground, and soccer field.

Children & Youth Counseling

For youth who experience behavior problems or are at risk of developing problems, PCS offers the following services.
Group Sessions
Youth work through individual problems, set goals, and build group unity. This method is a strong antidote to the pulls of peer pressure, gang membership, and a lack of self-esteem, which can lead to substance abuse.
Conflict Resolution
Trained counselors teach youth to deal realistically with differences and conflict through literature, exercises, and role play.
Summer Lunches
While not counseling, it is a fact that children who go hungry have trouble concentrating and coping. Through the City of Detroit Health Department, we are able to provide lunches to community youth during the summer when there is no access to school food programs.