Summer Programs 2016

Support a fun-filled summer full of FREE activities!

Celebrating 43 years of building character!

Basketball

26th All-Pro Basketball Clinic, July 11-14 (male), July 18-22, (female), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Elementary & Middle School, Ernest T. Ford Field House, 10 Pitkin, Highland Park, $25 Lunch. Clinic consists of basic skills, warm-up exercises, ball handling, triple threat, lay ups, life skills, five on five, competition (free throw, one-on-one, hot-spot.)

Football

43rd All-Pro Football Clinic WHEN: July 5, 6, 7, 2016, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHO: Elementary & Middle School, Reggie McKenzie Field, 15500 Hamilton at Pitkin, Highland Park, WHAT: Free Enrollment. Clinic consists of basic skills, warm-up exercises, combine instruction (40yd dash, short shuttle, L-drill), offense/defense training, 7 on 7 & life skills.

Employment Program

Grow Detroit Young Talent
14-23 years old
July 5 – August 25

Read more about the program.

History

History

As we complete our 38th annual Reggie McKenzie Foundation (RMF) football clinic and other programs, I am thankful for our many supporters who share in our vision, our mission and commitment to our youth. Our belief in the proverb, “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it” is stronger today than it has ever been. We believe in developing the whole child to succeed in all aspects of life. Our award winning programs are designed to stimulate a desire in children to achieve in school and everyday life. Each program focuses on strong academics combined with civic responsibility and community service. The result is; children, who want to learn, develop skills, formulate strong ethical principles, and become contributing members of society.

We are proud to report that 13 of the 17 football coaches and seven basketball coaches in this year’s clinics participated in RMF programming as youngsters. They received college scholarships and returned to instill in today’s campers the key ingredients to success. A listing of these coaches is highlighted in this report. The athletic programs teach children and their parents that through hard work, dedication, and determination, they can accomplish a great deal in their lives. These are times of unprecedented challenges in public education throughout the state and nation. Our schools need the help of productive adults to help our children if they are to compete in the knowledge-intensive marketplace of the future. Schools cannot do it alone. We must do all we can do, so our children can be the best they can be. Help us reach our 40th by continuing your support to children this year and for years to come. - Reggie McKenzie

The RMF and Grow Detroit Youth Talent

The program recruits and places 15 youngsters, ages 16-22, in competency based eight-week summer employment opportunities. The program equipped youth with a quality work experience, financial literacy and work readiness and learning skills. All youth receive approval of their enrollment from GDYT through their online application. Prior to the start of employment, the youth will receive the required 12 hours of work readiness training. The RMF will conduct a four-hour orientation session led by the RMF director, the employability trainer, and site coordinators from all work locations, where the program overview will be reviewed. During the orientation, youth will have an opportunity to exhibit their oral communication skills with brief self introductions of their personal life and experiences. At the session, program goals and expectations of GDYT and RMF will be restated; the significance of possessing good basic work ethics will be emphasized; and expected outcomes of each worksite will be given. Specific work training depends on the site the youth will be employed. Most employers are aware that youth in the targeted age group are not quite prepared for high-wage employment until they are properly educated and trained in basic work skills. Therefore, employers will meet the demands and challenges of today’s workforce by guiding youth towards that end.