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. Our goal is to keep students excited about learning and engaged in school.
With chronic absenteeism on the rise, Detroit leads the nation. Student chronic absenteeism is directly linked to poor academic performance. In the 2021-22 school year, 77% of students in Detroit Public Schools Community School District were deemed chronically absent.
Studies show that students with mentors are more likely to stay engaged in school resulting in higher academic performance, more likely to graduate from high school and less likely to use drugs. The Konnection is focused on helping students stay engaged and excited about school through meaningful relationships, fun & exciting experiences and resources!
The Konnection is committed to helping move the needle on student chronic absenteeism.
The greatest legacy we can leave our children
are happy memories
- OG Mandino
Inspiring youth to broaden their horizons through positive relationships and healthy connections.
Resource closets providing hygiene items, non-perishable foods, school supplies, and underclothes for students throughout the school year.
After-school program providing mentoring, academic enrichment, and career exploration for middle school students.
A public acknowledgment celebration and exciting out-of-the classroom adventure for students with the highest class attendance.
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.
The Konnection Affirmation
I am a servant leader.
I am the epitome of excellence.
I will act in love no matter what.
I will take care of my business and have fun while doing it.
Respect has my name all over it.
Positive relationships and healthy connections are what I'm after.
The world has a lot to offer but I have everything to offer to the world.
I AM, WE ARE, YOU ARE…THE KONNECTION!