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Empowering Youth

Through Travel

Our Goal, Vision & Commitment

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Who We Are

THE KONNECTION is an in-school mentoring program. THE KONNECTION partners with middle and high schools in under-served communities in Detroit to provide resources, college readiness, career pathways, travel opportunities, and additional resources. Through THE KONNECTION, youth are equipped with the knowledge, skills, experience, and confidence to succeed in every area of life in any environment across the world .


The greatest legacy we can leave our children

are happy memories

- OG Mandino

Our Mission

To encourage and empower youth to improve academic performance and attendance through travel.



Traveling allows youth to...

  • Learn so much about themselves while defining what they like and who they are

  • See the world in a new perspective

  • Explore and appreciate how great it can be to get lost

  • Build confidence

  • Exposure to new cultures and the importance of celebrating diversity



Financial literacy provides youth the opportunity to...

  • Learn and develop life skills

  • Plan for the future

  • Go from 'surviving' to 'thriving'

  • Improve many areas of life — relationships, careers, hobbies, and home life.





College and Career Pathways are important for youth because...

  • Motivates students to complete high school

  • Encourage them to see themselves as attractive potential applicants in whom colleges/career paths are interested

  • Provides information, guidance and support for their many options


Our Vision

Upon high-school graduation, each mentee will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, experience, and confidence to succeed in every area of life in any environment across the world.

Core Values

  • Excellence- Be bold and innovative. Holding ourselves and others to the highest quality and standard possible. 

  • Service- Willing to listen, empathize and respond. Embrace and drive change.

  • Confidence- Having faith in our abilities, the person I am, and the accomplishments I will achieve. We will be positive leaders in every room we walk in.

  • Respect- Inclusive and collaborative. Understanding and appreciating diversity.Treating everyone with civility and kindness.

  • Relationships- Building strong and healthy two-sided relationships with peers, teachers, family, and friends

  • Ownership- We accept personal accountability for our actions and decisions.

  • Fun- We enjoy what we do and have fun while doing it. We strive to keep a light, positive and exciting environment.

  • Love- Love is patient, love is kind, love doesn't envy or boast. It isn't proud or rude. Love isn't self-seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrong. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails...


Contact Us!

Looking to become a partner or volunteer? Do you have a general message, question for us? Let us know!

sharnese@thekonnection.org  |  Tel: (248) 445 - 0914

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