More than 35,000 kids from around the area are expected to take part in Metro Detroit Youth Day on Belle Isle on Wednesday, July 11th.
This year, the event is marking its 30th anniversary and is the largest youth event in Michigan.
Metro Detroit Youth Day began after altercations between youth and Detroit merchants in the summer of 1980. Organizers say it was created to show kids that businesses, the community and civic organizations do care about our youth.
“Metro Detroit Youth Day is a success story about people and organizations working together for harmonious community relations,” said Ed Deeb, co-founder and coordinator of the event. Deeb is the chairman and founder of the Michigan Food and Beverage Association, which is one of the event’s main sponsors.
More than 320 community groups participate in the event.
Kids between the ages of 8 and 15 will be able to participate in various sports clinics, contests, races and entertainment, and visit the education area including College Row, where 14 universities will be on hand. There will also be mini-workshops on anti-bullying, fighting crime, anti-obesity, and entrepreneurship to help teach kids the basics of running a business.
Click here to learn how to participate as an organization, volunteer or sponsor, or to register youth.