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Building Relationships.
Connecting Futures.

Our Goal, Vision & Commitment

Register & Help Make Change

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Who We Are

The Konnection is a Detroit-based mentoring program designed to encourage and empower youth to improve school performance and attendance. The Konnection partners with middle and high schools in underserved communities to provide resources including basic needs, enriching after-school programs, mentoring, field trips, career exploration, and travel opportunities.The goals of the program are as follows: increased confidence in school, increased hope for the future, increased attendance rates, and increased opportunities for travel. Through The Konnection, youth are equipped with the knowledge, leadership 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

Inspiring youth to broaden their horizons through positive relationships and healthy connections. 



Students are matched with:

  • A caring adult for the entire school year!

  • Mentors and youth meet weekly to discuss topics such as: Setting SMART goals, Positive Decision Making, Self-Image, and much more!


Academic Enrichment

Students are provided with:

  • Tutoring sessions twice per week throughout the school year!

  • An academic coach who does weekly check-ins to cheer them on and provide additional support

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Students participate in:

  • Fun and engaging field trips

  • Hearing from guest speakers from diverse careers and skill-sets

  • Site-visits to various companies and career backgrounds


Field Trips 
Career Exploration

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.

Our 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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