All of our events are listed here on our website. We welcome people of all backgrounds regardless of ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, or political viewpoint. First timers need not be shy: We promise a friendly group of people will welcome and include you every time. Friends and family are welcomed. Some activities may not be appropriate for people under the age of 21. Please check the details of the events and let us know of any questions you may have.
We believe part of the unique responsibilities of a young Black professional is to the Black community as a whole and in their local community. Black history has shown and proven to us that our current status in society is due greatly to the hard work of those who have come before us. To that end, we must continue to pay it forward and do good works where possible. Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit is not an activist organization. However, we do engage in many conscious-promoting and community engagement activities, such as:
- Moross Greenway Project
- Voter Ballet Education in Detroit
- Voter Registration Drives in Detroit
- Student Mentorship in Detroit
- Detroit Meals on Wheels
- Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO)
- BlackOut for Human Rights: Justice for Flint concert
- Habitat for Humanity Detroit: Home Construction
- Gleaners Food Bank
- Forgotten Harvest
- World Vision’s 6K for Water
Drop us a line if you have a proposal or idea for how we can be involved with your ongoing or new community project efforts.
We develop events which cater to your personal development. Whether it be mental health, financial planning, assimilation to Detroit, Black culture, or even the current political events in our community, we believe strongly you must be personally reconciled before you can be a professional success. That can especially be a challenge in the Black community at any age. We work very hard to provide opportunities for young Black professionals to engage with subject matter experts (SMEs) and with each other to discuss , analyze, and develop knowledge and skills around personal needs. We want to foster growth of our members as a vehicle to improve outcomes within the Black community.
Examples of what we’ve done:
- Movie Viewing + Discussion (I Am Not Your Negro, Get Out, etc.)
- Moderator panel discussions (Health, Finances, and Spiritual Care, Black in Corporate America, Black Established Entrepreneurs, etc.)
- Discussion groups with SMEs (Mental Health, Black Lives Matter, Crime in Detroit, etc.)
- Museum and History tours
We understand that one of the most important elements to a healthy life is having authentic connections with other people; Like-minded people, people on similar trajectories, and kind people. In the Detroit area specifically, we understand that feeling included in the social fabric can be especially challenging. In fact, young professionals who are transplants to the area are much more likely to leave if they don’t feel they have a social anchoring or belonging. As a young professionals association, we need to champion solutions in support of retaining talent in metro Detroit. We develop and execute social events that bring people of all walks of life together under the banner of Black excellence and celebration of life and progress. We focus on fun, unpretentious, welcoming, and accessible events.
Examples of what we’ve done:
- Social Mixers (Affinity Holiday Party, Happy Hour @ The Griot, etc.)
- Activity Events (Fowling Mixer, Painting with a Twist, Field Days at Belle Isle, Corn Maze/Cider Farm Trips, etc.)