The North End Youth Improvement Council, NEYIC, is a Michigan non-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. NEYIC was founded over 40 years ago for the purpose of engendering a sense of values, hope, self-esteem, self-worth and self-respect in young people who live in the Detroit community known as the North End. The community encompasses an area roughly bounded by West Grand Boulevard to the south, Chicago Boulevard to the north, the Lodge Expressway to the west and the Chrysler Expressway to the east. In reality, though, the area serviced by the organization and its programs – especially Adopt-A-Child Christmas Program has no boundary.
Under leadership of Delores Bennett, NEYIC founder and executive director, gangs have been disband, negative energy has been revised in positive ways, and lives have not only been changed but spared to see another day. The key to the organization’s lasting impact has been a series of programs that have been evolved over time to address the needs of troubled young men and women who desperately need a helping hand, a loving hug, a gentle push to let them know that they matter and can make a difference in the world.
The NEYIC is a volunteer based community organization with the mission of addressing the needs and concerns of youth in Metropolitan Detroit. Our mission is to foster and promote awareness and interest in the need of a wholesome community. We organize and sponsor educational and recreational activities year around. We furnish information on available resources of social, educational and financial assistance in maintaining, renovating and beautifying the community. By motivating, inspiring and enhancing the self-esteem of disadvantage youths and their families through:
- Mentorship through conversation, activities and interest
- Providing the youngster with gifts of warm clothing as a show of generosity while bolstering self esteem
- Recreational Activities
- Sharing quality time with the children
- Drug Awareness and Peaceful Conflict Resolution
- Constructive play activities
- Educational assistance thru tutoring
- Conflict resolution options
The NEYIC is responsible for many successful youth oriented programs. Summer at the Park and Adopt-A-Child for Christmas Program are two of our biggest annual programs.
Adopt-A-Child for Christmas Program alone brings together many thousand volunteers, parents and over 3,000 low- income youth recipients, aging from newborn to 12 years. At this festive outing the youth are influenced by their evening’s mentors while receiving gifts of warm clothing and toys. The mentors also provide the young children direction through conversation and interest. The children experience kindness, concern and generosity of others. They also participate in crafts, are entertained and enjoy a light meal.