AYE Events

Black Men and Boys Retreat September 14th – 16th 2017

AYE Board Members were pleased to join other men to support the Black men and Boys Retreat led by Yusef Bunchy Shakur. The “original 13” set a standard that should carry on for years!

Retreat Lead by Yusef Bunchy Shakur the weekend of September 14th – 16th 2017

Posted by Association for Youth Empowerment on Wednesday, October 4, 2017


April 7th AYE/DRC Event: Putting People together to take action

Please Mark Your Calendars to Attend this Event

Date: Friday April 7th, 2017
Location: Washtenaw Community College: Morris Lawrence Building
RSVP: drc@washtenaw.org or (734) 646-2274


Life, Love, Race, Class and other “timely and entertaining” topics

Please join AYE board Member David Abramson and his wife Ellen at their home for an evening of inspiring conversation that’s sure to uplift your spirits after the trials and tribulations of this election season.

David and AYE Board President Robert Cooper will be sharing their experiences of growing up poor white and poor black in America.

They will also share their journey to creating a powerful friendship which they dedicate to bridging the gulf between our communities.

Bridging the separation is the key to creating the world we all desire. Come and Join!

Date: Saturday January 28th 2017
Time: 5:30pm Veggie Potluck and 6:30pm (Conversation Begins)
Where: Abramson Learning Institute

Call 734-646-2274) to RSVP and get directions



Detroit Boyz Rock Kick-Off/Planning/Development


Date: Saturday December 10th
Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Location: City Residence Committee: 18963 Livernois

To confirm you can attend this, please either indicate on the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/787768918028418/

Or contact Charles Primas @ (313) 585-4624

The intent of this is to kick off this initiative and see what needs to be done to get into action supporting our young men and launching the Detroit Boyz Rock program

Detroit Boyz Rock

Detroit Boyz Rock is an initiative of The Association for Youth Empowerment (AYE). This initiative is dedicated creating a world where young black men and boys are empowered to create a life of their own design. Through workshops, facilitated sessions and other transformational programs this initiative will support and empower our young men to create a life and community of their own design.

Looking for some younger brothers to work with to develop this proogram. Read More about it here:





AYE Connection Central 12/4/2016

We are Creating the Beloved Community

Email rcooper@ayedetroit.org

Visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calling-forth-the-beloved-community-tickets-29503727443

AYE Invites you to:

  • Break Bread with New Friends
  • Share Your Story
  • Be Acknowledged
  • Experience a Community Transformed

Come join us!

Date: Sunday, 12/4/16
Location: Church of the Messiah
Address: 231 E. Grand Blvd, Detroit. MI 28207
Time: 2:30 – 5:00 pm


Cost: Free of Charge


December 5th Challenge Day

Let Us Be A Part of Change!

We  request that you support the upcoming Community Challenge Day being sponsored by the coalition of AYE (the Association for Youth Empowerment), DION (Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network) and BDYM (the Better Detroit Youth Movement).

Here’s the deal … On December 5, 2015, we will bring together 100+ people, of different ethnic backgrounds, races and religions ~ most of whom are complete strangers to each other. By the end of the day, because of the groundbreaking nature of the Challenge Day, attendees will experience community AND the possibility of a new future for our region.

We say that overcoming the separation AND BREAKING DOWN THE STEREOTYPES is the first step in experiencing our neighbors as ourselves ~ which we say is the key to making Detroit the city of our dreams. Challenge Days break down stereotypes!

Please join us! Registering to attend the Challenge Day on December 5th is easy. Just click here.

If you can’t join us, please donate to support out efforts. Just click here.

Here are 3 video clips that share the impact of Challenge Day. Leeza Gibbons’ and Marianne Williamson’s videos are less than 3 minutes long and Oprah’s is 8 minutes long.

Please check out one – or all – of the videos, and then follow your heart.
Leeza Gibbons / Teen Files ~
Oprah and MTV Endorse Challenge Day ~
Marianne Williamson endorsing Challenge Day ~

Please call Pandy Kemp at 313-492-7702 or David Abramson at 734-646-2274 if you have any questions. We will be happy to answer them.

Thank you very much! It’s an honor and privilege to serve the community with you