Youth Connection hosting 12th Annual After-School/Back-to-School/Off-to-College Fair today

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Youth Connection is hosting the 12th Annual After-School/Back-to-School/Off-to-College Fair on Saturday, August 17th, from noon until 4 pm at the Casino on Belle Isle.

 The Youth Connection will be giving out free backpacks, school supplies, books, and bike helmets for youth and free food baskets for families while supplies last. Youth ages 18 and under will also receive a free lunch as part of the event.

In addition to the fun and games, several organizations will be on hand to give parents one-stop shopping for all of their needs. The Kohl's Injury Prevention Program at Children's Hospital will be on hand to distribute free youth bike helmets and information about child safety. The Institute for Population Health will be providing child immunizations and other health-related information for families inside the casino. The Fair will also feature college admissions personnel on-site for older youth.

The event will be free to the public and will also feature enrollment options for after-school program providers and family entertainment. Love Detroit Youth II is hosting a 5K walk before the Fair begins at 11 am to raise awareness about substance abuse prevention in Detroit.

Studies show that after-school programs contribute significantly to overall development and education of our children. Yet, parents have indicated that they are unaware of the after-school programs available in their neighborhoods. The 12th Annual After-School Fair is one significant way to increase parental awareness of a wide variety of programs for children and youth.

For more information, call 313-826-7099 or visit our website at All giveaways are available while supplies last.

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