Youth Leadership Development

For more information contact Stacey Stevens at or Yusef Shakur at or call (313) 870-1500 x107 

2020 Freedom Tour

Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion is partnering with Michigan Coalition for Human Rights 


What:  Freedom Tour Summer 2020- June 19th-June 30th

The Freedom Tour is an educational trip with high school students from metro-Detroit learning and walking the history of the civil rights movement. It will be an opportunity to learn deeply the history and engage the questions of what it means for us today and in Detroit. The students participating will work together for the six months prior fundraising, learning the history here in Detroit, being trained in nonviolence, and building community.

Where: Berea, KY, Atlanta, GA, Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham, AL, Jackson and Meridian, MS, Henning and Memphis, TN


Who:  High School youth age 14-18 eligible for application submission 


Application Deadline Has Passed.  Thank You All Who Applied.

Download 2020 Freedom Tour Fact Sheet

Mandatory Dates:



Saturday, February 29th 9am-12pm or 

Saturday, March 14th 1pm-4pm

(once the application is submitted you will be phoned for an interview location)


Racial and Diversity Training- March 28th


*There will be additional fundraising and group service dates in April and May that are mandatory. Dates to be determined soon.


**Funding:  No one will be turned away because of funding. We will work collectively to fundraise for all participants including participants engaging in fundraising events. 


***There will be an opportunity after the Freedom Tour to participate in a mini-fellowship from July 6 - August 8th. Details to come as the program unfolds in the coming months. Mini-Fellowship only available for Freedom Tour participants.

Youth Leadership

Drawing on over 50 years of youth leadership development programming in Metro Detroit the Youth Leadership Program develops the awareness, knowledge, and skills of youth – both locally and statewide – by supporting their passions around social justice to create transformational change in their communities as organizers and leaders. We are continuously developing programming that serves the interests of youth.

We cultivate an environment in which young people feel safe to be their most authentic self and use self-determination in charting the course of the program. They are encouraged to see themselves as leaders with authority and agency to make change that not only affects their own lives but the lives of those around them.

Using a Positive Youth Development framework, we work with our youth participants from a strengths-based perspective. Every young person involved in our program regardless of their circumstances brings unique perspectives and experiences, all of which are valuable and treated as such. We create a space in which they are able to thrive in areas where they are already doing well and give them opportunities to self-identify skills they would like to improve. This approach welcomes youth to come to us without fear of judgment and furthermore gives us windows into their lives in a way that enables us to make referrals in a non-threatening manner.

Youth are the experts when it comes to identifying the topics and issues that are most important in their lives. Therefore our programming is completely driven and led by them. Youth in our program have the authority and agency to be key decision-makers in any given process. They decide the topics they want to discuss, the activities they participate in and influence future changes to programming. We create intentional spaces to practice both reflection and giving constructive feedback to one another, including adult staff members. We provide them with training and skills they need to be successful in carrying out tasks and provide ongoing support throughout the process

Funding for the Michigan Roundtable Youth Programs is made possible by grants from the, DTE Energy Foundation, MGM Foundation, and First Foundation.