63rd Annual ADOPT A CHILD (Drive-Thru) Event at Eastern Market

December 1st, 2023 

for Christmas 2023

THE NORTH END YOUTH IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL We are excited to announce that Delores Bennett’s Adopt-A-Child Program will once again bless the lives of thousands of Detroit area children this year.



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.


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With the novel coronavirus now declared a national emergency, NEYIC has significantly increased its preparation for the current outbreak in the Detroit area and has ramped up efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, especially among the thousands of needy children. See our NEYIC PARTNER RESOURCES Ensuring the safety of those who depend on The NEYIC’s programs and services, along with the safety of staff and volunteers, is of utmost priority. We are working with health officials at the local, state, and federal levels. MORE - COVID-19 RESPONE


Delores Bennett Park. The North End Youth Improvement Council, NEYIC, operates its summer program at Delores Bennett Park, located in the shadow of Detroit's New Center area corner of Smith & Beaubien. Our Summer Program provides over 8 weeks of scheduled activities: Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm and Volunteer Day on Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Open registration for Summer activities start in June........MORE


Monthly youth meetings are organized during the year to continue to re-enforce positive mentorship and influence, offer tutoring assistance, provide fun crafts and activities, schedule outing and other activities, continue to direct proper social skills, peaceful conflict resolution, career development, self-importance, nutrition as well as community pride. We facilitate our monthly meetings for 2 hours every third (3) Tuesday of each month at Considine / Historical Little Rock Family Life and Recreation Center, where beverages and pizza are served.


Each year the NEYIC’s Adopt-A-child for Christmas Party fills a room at TCF Center with thousands of needy children. The children’s needs are evaluated through an application process, which identifies the financial need for assist. The program ask the community to “adopt a child” by providing gifts of winter clothes and toys and being a mentor for an one of their time. Last year, our party provided clothes and gifts to over 3,500 children, of which our organization (NEYIC) was independently responsible for the cost adopting 1,500 children.


If your organization is not a sponsor, but you would like to become a sponsor, please consider sponsoring N.E.Y.I.C. and help us share the cost of bringing a new level of living to the underprivileged children of Detroit. We thank you for your continued interest in and support of N.E.Y.I.C. The following organizations have also sponsored N.E.Y.I.C. over the years and we thank them for their continued support!

  The United Way