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Dear Urban League Supporter: 


On behalf of the Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan (ULDSEM), it is our pleasure to invite all schools, religious institutions and/or community-based organizations to help us identify involved youth who can be nominated for our annual “Youth Who Do the Right Thing” recognition and celebration. 


Each year, we strive to recognize and celebrate the positive accomplishments of youth in our community who “Do the Right Thing” (DTRT).  Since 1996, we have joined with the National Urban League in a nation-wide initiative to celebrate positive youth behaviors. Everyday, thousands of youth from right here in Southeastern Michigan, endeavor to “do the right things”, yet their actions and activities are seldom recognized and celebrated in the media and other venues. We believe it is important to do something about this, so Celebrating Youth who “Do the Right Thing” is designed to acknowledge youth for setting positive examples for their peers, and to provide visibility for their contributions. 


The “Do the Right Thing” nominations and recognition is open to all youth in grades 5-12 (ages 10-18 years).  We are looking for those special youth residing in Southeastern Michigan, regardless of race, social and economic background, who are making genuine contributions, excelling in school, sports, religious institutions, serving their community and/or are otherwise engaged in constructive activities. 


We request your assistance by identifying and nominating youth you are familiar with who have demonstrated a commitment to “doing the right thing.”  Please return all completed nomination forms to us by not later than Friday, October 30, 2020 to:   


Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan– 

DTRT Recognition 

Family & Community Development Center  

15770 James Couzens  

Detroit, Michigan 48238 


Nominations can be submitted by individuals (e.g. teachers, counselors, friends, classmates, parents, religious leaders, community leaders, neighbors, etc.), but they must be received timely in order to be considered for recognition. The signature of an adult or a parent/guardian must be obtained for applicants under the age of 18 years of age before submitting. Applications may include supporting materials, such as resumes, copies of awards, certificates, letters of recommendation, newspaper articles, report cards, etc., as well as, a photograph. 


Please click on the link to access the application. 

Supporting documentations can be mailed to the address above or scanned and emailed. 


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The Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan mission is to enable African Americans and other persons of color to achieve their fullest potential. Since 1916, our programs and services have anticipated and responded to the changing needs of the metropolitan Detroit community. We nurture, counsel and empower children, adults and seniors to live healthy and productive lives. The Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan has a profound impact on the lives of minorities in the Detroit area.  We efficiently and effectively serve over 156,000 clients annually through various specialized programs and services. The ripple effects of our programs, benefit far more people in our community than can be easily documented. We continuously review our programs and services to assess current community needs so as to always be in a position to better serve our constituents.

Agency Overview


Since 1916, the Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan has responded to the changing needs of African Americans developing programs and services to help and improve the lives of those we serve. In the early 1900's, it was the League staff that met the incoming trains of African Americans migrating from the South to the North. The Urban League Staff assisted these individuals with housing, education, employment and access to adequate health care facilities. We are an affiliate of the National Urban League and or member.  


Among our programs and services are the College Club, WIC Food and Nutrition Program, Workforce Career Development Employment Services, Young Professionals/Blue Monday Network sessions, and our Digital computer lab. Our programs are designed to improve the quality of life for individuals. We operate from two facilities we own in Detroit, including Albert Kahn's historic residence located at 208 Mack Avenue and our office at 15770 James Couzens Freeway. 

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