Belle Isle will be packed with more than swimmers, joggers, bike riders, picnickers and hikers when nearly 40,000 students, 1,600 volunteers and 360 community partners head to the island for Metro Detroit Youth Day.
The 36th annual youth-centric event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 on Belle Isle’s athletic fields. The region’s largest single-day youth event, provides educational activities, sports clinics and other workshops for students and focuses on combating crime and bullying and places an importance on health, wellness and the spirit of entrepreneurship.
All those in attendance will receive a free lunch.
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Dozens of local colleges will be there along with 100 exhibits and activities.
College Row will provide students with an opportunity to visit with school representatives and learn about more than a dozen of Michigan’s colleges and universities. University and collegiate representatives will engage students with “hands-on” activities such as robotics exhibits, educational yard games and themed trivia.
“Metro Detroit Youth Day serves as an opportunity to educate local youth and for community members and business owners to instill a positive impression on our youth during an entertaining day filled with supervised, constructive activities,” says Ed Deeb, founder and chairman of Metro Detroit Youth Day and founder of the Michigan Food and Beverage Association. “We look forward to sharing an inspirational day with metro Detroit youth and our supportive community.”
MDYD’s parent organization, the Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation, will recognize local high school students for community and academic achievement by awarding scholarships to students who submitted an application and essay for consideration.
More than 120 scholarships will be awarded this year to deserving metro Detroit students thanks to the support MDYD sponsors, Michigan’s colleges and universities, community organizations and the public. The Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation has awarded nearly 2,000 scholarships since 1991.
Metro Youth Day will also feature education and entertainment areas where students will have the opportunity to interact with organizations such as the Department of Natural Resources, the Detroit Public Library, Crime Stoppers of Michigan, The Parade Company and many more.
More than 100 interactive activities and exhibits will be available to local youth, including robotics demonstrations, chemistry experiments, artistic exploration sessions and more.
Students will also participate in organized sporting exercises, pick-up games and other activities including martial arts, boxing, golf, track and field, soccer, lacrosse, bowling, football, basketball and more.
NFL Alumni representatives will be present to participate in football drills and share anecdotes from their time in the league.
Representatives and mascot friends from various colleges and those of the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers will also be on hand.
All Metro Detroit Youth Day attendees are required to register in advance of the event or on-site at the registration area on Belle Isle’s athletic fields. A form of identification is required for all participating youth.