facts, not fear

Our update on COVID-19

To the Metro Detroit Youth Clubs community:

These are unprecedented times that are shaping our way of life. The arrival of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) brought with it rapid change and disruption. We are most grateful for the clear guidance and support we are receiving the State of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and the leadership of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and their respective health departments.

While our locations closed in response to Governor Whitmer’s executive order, the MDYC Club Directors and leadership team have developed an aggressive plan to serve our Club members and the community. MDYC’s strength and impact are built on the powerful connection Club members have with the MDYC professional team. Following Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, MDYC launched an outreach effort to identify the basic needs and concerns of Club members and their families. We are connecting families in need of mental health support to professionals who are ready to assist them. We are identifying families concerned about food security and linking them to local resources. We are developing resources and programming to engage MDYC Club members so they can learn, grow, lead and succeed in this environment as well.

We invite MDYC Club families to complete the following online form so we can identify emerging needs. You will also find a comprehensive list of local community resources. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at tillander.brett@miclubs.org. Our commitment to you and your children is unwavering.

What Can You Do?

Each of us can do our part in response to this latest health concern. At this time, it does not appear that children are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19. However, children and adults should engage in usual preventive actions listed below to avoid infection, including:

Wash your hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water (20 seconds of scrubbing). Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Do not touch

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, which accelerates the spread of infections. Instead of shaking hands, consider an alternative: a wave, a nod or an elbow bump.

Good health hygiene

Cough/sneeze into a tissue. Dispose of used tissues immediately into a trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not your hands.

Monitor how you feel

Avoid close contact with others who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others, including parties, meetings, and events. We are all in this together.

We are guided by MDYC’s Core Values. Our values inspire us to Innovate Through Mission.

At Metro Detroit Youth Clubs, our North Star is our youth. We provide quality programs serving the youth that need us most. Our promise as an organization is to provide a safe and accessible space where transformation can occur. Building on mission, our Core Values highlight 9 core areas of focus that differentiate and define what we do.

Serving youth in Detroit, Ferndale, Royal Oak, Southfield and Washington Township, MDYC’s approach is to help our members learn, grow, lead, and succeed.