17th

October

2017

Young Men in Recovery Giving Back at Mariners Inn

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At a long-time Detroit community organization, great things are happening. Serving the community sin...

At a long-time Detroit community organization, great things are happening. Serving the community since 1925, Mariners Inn provides holistic, compassionate substance abuse treatment to homeless men. The Residential Youth Prevention Program (RYPP) was created in 2013 to address the needs affecting young men - including homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and criminal behavior. RYPP aims to help young men change maladaptive behaviors and pursue healthy and positive lives. Now the young men of RYPP are giving back in an exciting new way.

Residents of the RYPP program began Project RYPP in early 2015 as a way to be involved in the community while conveying a positive, drug-free message to youth. The young men of Project RYPP came together with a passion to help each other, the youth of Detroit, and the community. The group carries “the message of recovery, strength, and a willingness to change the future of the communities around us and beyond.”

In their short time as a group, Project RYPP members have volunteered at many events, including Motown Winter Blast, Forgotten Harvest, and St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen. Their first event, Motivate the Youth Walk and Speech, with a goal of “influencing youth to make positive decisions,” attracted over 50 attendees. Project RYPP member Willie adds, “We want to keep [young people] from making the same mistakes we did.”

Project RYPP’s mission is “To build hope and faith inside of the city of Detroit because they are the future. To be inspiring, give motivation and understanding. To believe that today we can bring our Detroit community back together as one. We are committed among each other and to our community.” Angelo Glenn, RYPP Director, echoes the sentiments of all Mariners Inn staff when he states, “I’m proud of them for taking the initiative and pursuing this project.”

Those interested in supporting Mariners Inn and Project RYPP are invited to join Mariners Inn for their River Rhythm Gala, to be held Friday, November 6 at Detroit’s MotorCity Casino. All proceeds will directly benefit the mission of Mariners Inn. For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities or to register, contact Stephanie Maurice at 313-962-9446 (ext. 230) or visit www.marinersinn.org/events/river-rhythm.

Why did you get involved with Project RYPP?

“I got involved with Project RYPP because I’ve been through what the youth in the city are going through, and I want to share my wisdom and inspire them to do better” – Raphael

“I got involved with Project RYPP because I feel like I can make a difference when it comes to the lives and well being of the youth in the city of Detroit” – Jaron

“I felt that Project RYPP would be a positive thing because I’ve done so many negative things, and I want to give back to my community” – Willie

What words of wisdom do you want to share with the young people in our community?

“Stay in school, get a career, stay drug-free, and stop the violence” – Raphael

“There’s more to life than the streets; if you’re open to change and opportunity, you will be a success” – Jaron

“Stay in school no matter what. Listen to your parents, because they know more than you think they know” – Willie

Why did you get involved with Project RYPP?

“I got involved with Project RYPP because I’ve been through what the youth in the city are going through, and I want to share my wisdom and inspire them to do better” – Raphael

“I got involved with Project RYPP because I feel like I can make a difference when it comes to the lives and well being of the youth in the city of Detroit” – Jaron

“I felt that Project RYPP would be a positive thing because I’ve done so many negative things, and I want to give back to my community” – Willie




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