The AmeriCorps Urban Safety Youth Program (AMUS Youth) is a joint service endeavor between AmeriCorps, The Corporation for National Community Service, Detroit Public Schools, The Michigan Community Service Commission, The Skillman Foundation and Wayne State University.  The program, which began in the summer of 2015, engages forty at-promise Detroit Youth (17-24 years of age) in a 10 week term of community service.  Youth members participate in a supervised program of learning that links knowledge and skills gained at the service site to support positive transition and increase readiness and success in both college and career.

The first goal of the AMUS Youth program is to engage youth AmeriCorps members in service to their community in the City of Detroit. Members plan and implement community service projects that aim to increase neighborhood guardianship and quality of life in their neighborhoods. AMUS Youth members complete beautification and board-up projects, conduct healthy home safety surveys, leaflet safety tips, install free safety devices in residential homes, install signage and footprints for safe routes to school, and participate in community resources fairs to provide safety resource information to community residents.

The second goal of the AMUS Youth program is to provide members weekly learning seminars designed to build skills for success, both professionally and academically.  AMUS Youth members participate in weekly learning seminars to provide education geared towards career and college readiness. The seminars are designed to build life skills for educational success, career planning, and professional networking. Seminar topics included administrative aspects of college entry, college learning skills, resume building, professional networking, financial literacy and panel discussions with Detroiters who have achieved success in the non-profit, private and public sectors. AMUS Youth weekly seminar also includes learning luncheons where AMUS Youth host distinguished guests who shared their personal and professional paths to success from a range of industries including: Human Resources, Education, Local and State Government, Non-Profit, Sports Industry, Justice System, Academics, and Criminal Justice.

AMUS Youth members receive a living stipend (paid bi-weekly) and an educational award upon successful completion of their term of service.  They also receive ongoing academic and professional development and support.

For any inquiries regarding the AMUS Youth program, please contact:

Iselda Esquivel: iseldae.amus@gmail.com | 313-577-1164

Lisa Carter: lcarter.amus@gmail.com | 313-577-6766

Last Year’s Achievements:

40 AMUS Youth Members

20 College/Career Readiness Seminars

10 Guest Speakers

Healthy Home Safety Assessments Completed – 427

Safety Fairs​/Community Events​ Attended​ – ​7

Safety Leaflets distributed – ​14439

Neighborhood Surveys Completed – ​555

College campus tours – 4​

​Safe Routes – 144 signs   32 intersections painted

6421 Homes Visited

36 board-ups / vacant homes secured

924 residents engaged