The Youth Impact Program

The Youth Impact Program YIP promotes leadership, education, team building thru football in low-income, at-risk middle school male students, between the ages of 10-14.
The Youth Impact Program is an innovative summer program giving middle schoolers the opportunity to directly engage with NCAA student athletes, university officials, NFL franchises and public school teachers. It acts as a catalyst to promote positive physical, emotional and academic development. It was founded in 2006 by former 49er and Oakland Raider Riki Ellison. The YIP was developed to target middle school male students who are resistant to or uncomfortable in classic learning environments. It is designed to help with issues that students face in inner-city public schools through academic support, guidance counseling, character development, social interaction activities and nutrition. The YIP curriculum is STEM based (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and was designed by college professors using football terminology to make math, reading and learning life skills more accessible to the middle school students. The YIP summer program is free of charge to the student and provides over 60 hours of classroom training and age appropriate football and fitness training. It also directly connects students to NCAA athlete role models and mentors. We provide uniforms, workout gear, transportation, and direct exposure to universities and college life to all of our attendees. The result of partnerships YIP has with the University of Southern California, Rice University, Tulane University, Syracuse University, Stanford University, the University of Houston, the University of Southern Texas, the University of Southern Florida, Northwestern University and the National Football League (NFL), is immeasurable and has helped over 3000 young men.
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We come to you from a solemn weekend of disparity, frustration, and chaos sparked by injustice that severs trust and res...
06/02/2020
Youth Impact Program » Be a Light

We come to you from a solemn weekend of disparity, frustration, and chaos sparked by injustice that severs trust and respect between the institutions, law and the personal plights of the inner city populous that is strained in a crescendoing pandemic. Passion of injustice felt deep is to be reconciled and forms of reconciliation are taking place and have to take place. These platforms provide release and search for dialogue to address the social inequities, the lawlessness and disrespect of lives, property and communities. Life is not fair nor just, and we must continue to fight through the injustice and the pandemonium that comes with it. We must regain trust to widen the conversation to make change and make the impossible possible by one real action after another in the intent of trust, forgiveness, and betterment.

We come to you with open discourse for step by step actions as we climb together to conquer the trust mountain of extraordinary cliffs, downfalls and immense challenges. Up that mountain, we must climb on a trail leading somewhere rather than nowhere, and we are trail blazing together since the beginning in 2006 out in South Central Los Angeles. It is what our organization is founded on to bridge the divide and social inequity. It is our mission to bring trust, relationships, and education in Impact to our at risk youth and have done so in 36 programs across 14 inner cities of our country to over 3,000 at risk youth. We have done it together with our Student Athletes, our Academic Universities and their staff, our Public School Teachers, our Marines and Soldiers and you. Our programs were founded and built to provide a solution of many to overcome injustice, by providing access to relationships of trust, respect and love that enable knowledge and learning within the community from the community and upbringing.

We stand strong together in resolve, committed to create lasting change and positive impact on the youth participants, their families and upon their communities. We continue to strive to building bridges on our trail of dialogue and trust between the Institution and the Inner city. We must not shy away, We will not shy away, We must forge on upward through whatever the circumstances are. We have to lead together in solidarity in resolve and spirit of intent to make change. We are a very small light in the darkness of social injustice and we will continue to shine our light and will provide more light, lifting up our future, our youth and communities to Shine.

Be a light!

https://www.youthimpactprogram.org/news/be-a-light/

We are with each and every one of our YIP program areas in their cities, in their universities across the nation and wit...
05/19/2020
Youth Impact Program » Reliance Unifies, YIP Moves Forward to 2021!

We are with each and every one of our YIP program areas in their cities, in their universities across the nation and with our youth participants, our student athlete mentors, our public school teachers, our Marines, our Army soldiers and our athletic department staff as we postpone our programs to next year in 2021. We are ensured that it is in the best interest for all those involved especially our youth to wait to heal, recover, and gather our strength. It is with a heavy heart knowing that the communities we have served will be the ones that will be affected the most by this pandemic and it is with a enlightened heart we have grit, leadership and resilience in these same communities.

The health and safety of our entire YIP family across the nation, is and always has been our top priority. YIP will continue to monitor the ever-evolving situation and adjust our support to those challenged by these extraordinary circumstances. Our organization is fortunate to have inspired, taught and led strong leaders across the country, and YIP believes they are best positioned to make the right decisions for their communities during this time of crisis. We are keeping the faith that we will come out the other side of this stronger than ever. You all are in our thoughts and we are dreaming big now more than ever with you!

Dream big, fight on, and stay strong!

https://www.youthimpactprogram.org/news/reliance-unifies-yip-moves-forward-to-2021/

We are with all of you in grit, spirit and soul to protect, to heal, to commiserate and overcome the worldwide pandemic that has touched each and every one of us. We are one team as we see this crisis strengthening our bonds of trust with each other, with our communities, with our programs in unific...

There were 12 more Dreamers from 4 of our Youth Impact Programs to add to First Rounder, Cesar Ruiz that were drafted in...
04/27/2020
Youth Impact Program » Weekend of Dreams Come True

There were 12 more Dreamers from 4 of our Youth Impact Programs to add to First Rounder, Cesar Ruiz that were drafted into the NFL! Inspiration, belief, and faith of big dreams of leadership, personal trust and friendship comes to our young Youth Impact participants that were led by these Dream Makers in the four communities of Detroit, Michigan, DC, Maryland, Salt Lake City, Utah and Honolulu Hawaii. We give respect to the 13 YIP Student Athlete leaders and mentors that got drafted in the NFL over the weekend:

Pick #24. New Orleans: OL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

Pick #60. New England f/BAL: EDGE Josh Uche, Michigan

Pick #86. Buffalo: RB Zack Moss, Utah

Pick #104. LA Rams*: S Terrell Burgess, Utah

Pick #143. Baltimore*: G Ben Bredeson, Michigan

Pick #162. Washington f/PIT via SEA: LB Khaleke Hudson, Michigan

Pick #179. Dallas*: DE Bradlee Anae, Utah

Pick #182. New England f/DET via IND: G Michael Onwenu, Michigan

Pick #187. Cleveland f/ARI: WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan

Pick #192. Green Bay f/LV: OL Jon Runyan, Michigan

Pick #198. Pittsburgh: S Antoine Brooks Jr., Maryland

Pick #213. Indianapolis f/NE*: S/LB Jordan Glasgow, Michigan

Pick #224. Tennessee f/CLE: QB Cole McDonald, Hawaii

These YIP leaders are the epitome of our winning culture demonstrating great character and ethos of winners. Holistically, they are great role models of humility, trust, and virtue for our young at-risk youth. They are the mentors that are making the impact and creating lasting impressions and relationships with our YIP boys. They are making their dreams more than a vision, a dream come to life and reality, and a dream they can apply in the means of character they see, they trust, and they have confidence in their future.

A big congratulations as it is the ultimate dream come true for their hard work has finally paid off! What a true pleasure it has been to see them grow in their leadership roles as mentors for YIP, members of their teams and reflections of their communities representing their respective universities, and now become drafted. We have the utmost confidence that they will bring that winning mentality to their respective teams and new communities.

In the past four years, we have had 30 YIP Student Athlete mentors get drafted into the NFL from our diverse communities of our Nation. In times like these, it is remarkable what these role models embody, a true sense of what discipline, character, and leadership looks like. They will be leading with passion from the heart, from our Ethos and will continue to inspire our YIP family of communities around the nation!

https://www.youthimpactprogram.org/news/weekend-of-dreams-come-true/

There were 12 more Dreamers from 4 of our Youth Impact Programs to add to First Rounder, Cesar Ruiz that were drafted into the NFL! Inspiration, belief, and faith of big dreams of  leadership, personal trust and friendship comes to our young Youth Impact participants that were led by these Dream Ma...

In this unprecedented time of worldwide crisis, it is refreshing to share joy and happiness of Big Dreams coming True. T...
04/24/2020
Youth Impact Program » Our Saint

In this unprecedented time of worldwide crisis, it is refreshing to share joy and happiness of Big Dreams coming True. There is pleasure of releasing our heavy spirits weighted for the future by watching the normalcy of the NFL Draft take place. It brings a happy lightness to dream with your favorite team and players in winning. A fresh start for all and a dream come true for all as we can cheer, applaud and get excited for dream makers drafted and for our dream teams being everything we dreamed.

We too, all of our YIP dreamers are attached emotionally and SUPER excited to see one of our own YIP leaders, champions and inspirations to our youth be one of the 32 first round NFL draft picks last night. Cesar Ruiz, from the University of Michigan was the No. 24 overall pick for the New Orleans Saints. His dream making, his charity, his humility, his gratitude, his leadership is inspiring to all of us and to all of our participating youth he championed and taught in the Michigan Youth Impact Program last summer and all of them from Detroit, Michigan.

A big Hail for Cesar and the University of Michigan for achieving dreams that look impossible but are possible through the development of championing trust, courage, commitment and love together, one community, one team, to win in life, to make dreams come true. Its all a wonderful experience to share in such a challenging time for Detroit.

This is the generation of leaders that will lead the recovery and prosperity of the nation. This is the generation of leaders that will lead the recovery and prosperity of the nation. We are in awe of them.

Winners associative with Winners to Win and Dreamers associate with Dreams to Win!

GO BIG, BE BIG, AND DREAM BIG! This marks 6 YIP student athletes over the past four years that have been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Who dat gonna beat dem Saints!

https://www.youthimpactprogram.org/news/our-saint/

We as a nation, we as a World have to Keep all of our Dreams Alive to bring Joy and serenity through the unfairness of l...
04/02/2020
Youth Impact Program » Keep our Dreams Alive

We as a nation, we as a World have to Keep all of our Dreams Alive to bring Joy and serenity through the unfairness of life and its brutality. We feel for those families and friends that have lost lives and those less fortunate that will be heavily impacted by this pandemic. We must keep Faith that the days, weeks, and months will pass. It is the courage of Faith and Faith in each other that we will go through it, bear it, and come out of it with our Dreams intact.

For 14 years, the Youth Impact Program has navigated and led through challenges and crisis to provide a safe and nurturing atmosphere for our at risk youth across the country. Today, we as an organization are assured more than ever that our YIP participants and staff, their families and their communities have the leadership and courage to lead through these extraordinary circumstances that extol their core ethos of values and character in making their destiny their dreams. The health and safety of our members, participants, staff, and families is our highest priority and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a local, state, national, and global level. We are doing everything we can to make decisions in the best interest of our programs and our participating youth nationwide. Our goal is to remain a trusted community resource while doing everything we can to protect public health.

In the meantime, while we don’t know what the future will bring, we are committed to you and we are postured and continue to work on the development of our programs for this summer to take place. We are building a national support strategy to continue to ready YIP and look forward to serving our communities once again.

In this unprecedented time, now more than ever, we need our champions, supporters, and donors like you to join us in dreaming big and keeping all of our dreams Alive! Thank you for your continued support.

Stay strong, be safe!

Fight Through and Fight On!
https://www.youthimpactprogram.org/news/keep-our-dreams-alive/

We as a nation, we as a World have to Keep all of our Dreams Alive to bring Joy and serenity through the unfairness of life and its brutality. We feel for those families and friends that have lost lives and those less fortunate that will be heavily impacted by this pandemic. We must keep Faith that....

02/18/2020
Te Ao

Engaging hearts and a passion for education and trust at Te Aute College as our founder, Riki Ellison visits New Zealand this week.

NFL player Riki Ellison dropped into Te Aute College today to share with the students his connection to the kura dating back 130 years to his grand-uncle Tom Ellison.
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Aloha - Hawaii Youth Impact Program 2020 is on! We brought it together with New Head Coach Todd Graham, Atheltic Directo...
02/15/2020

Aloha - Hawaii Youth Impact Program 2020 is on! We brought it together with New Head Coach Todd Graham, Atheltic Director David Matlin and Senator Ron Kouchi - along with Roy Yamaguchi and Sharon Brown- Dream Big and Be Big! Our next generation leaders. Love this program!!!

Dream come true - we now have a Arizona YIP program- giving back to the Amphitheater school district and the Tucson comm...
12/17/2019

Dream come true - we now have a Arizona YIP program- giving back to the Amphitheater school district and the Tucson community- Legacy!!! - Atheltic Director Dave Heeke and the University of Arizona closed the commitment today in my hometown!!! Awesomeness

Athletic Director Dave Heeke and Jon Volpe - YIP-py-yi-a!!

The Youth Impact Program's cover photo
12/04/2019

The Youth Impact Program's cover photo

Michigan YIP Student Athlete to MarineJust a year ago, former Michigan linebacker, Noah Furbush was accepting the 2018 D...
11/21/2019
Youth Impact Program » Michigan YIP Student Athlete to Marine

Michigan YIP Student Athlete to Marine

Just a year ago, former Michigan linebacker, Noah Furbush was accepting the 2018 Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award; an award given to the top UM football student-athlete. This past Saturday, he traded in his football jersey to join the Few, the Proud, and was commissioned as second lieutenant of the United States Marine Corps.

While a Michigan Wolverine from 2014-2018, Furbush was a student athlete mentor for the inception and first year of the Michigan YIP program. His mentorship helped stage the ground work for trust and respect and set an example of leadership for the youth of Detroit. Read more here: https://www.youthimpactprogram.org/news/michigan-yip-student-athlete-to-marine/

Just a year ago, former Michigan linebacker, Noah Furbush was accepting the 2018 Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award; an award given to the top UM football student-athlete. This past Saturday, he traded in his football jersey to join the Few, the Proud, and was commissioned as second lieutenan...

This summer, we implemented a YIP Ethos with our youth daily, by example of actions, and reciting: I will always place t...
11/21/2019
Youth Impact Program » 2019 Youth Impact Program Annual Report

This summer, we implemented a YIP Ethos with our youth daily, by example of actions, and reciting: I will always place the team first, I will never quit or accept defeat, I will always treat ALL people with respect, I will always set the example for others to follow. We had powerful and inspiring leaders like the deputy Indo PACOM commander visit our Hawaii YIP and Martin Luther King III in Utah YIP. Our reach was extensive and our ability to serve more youth was at capacity that programs had to form a waitlist. Retention rate during the program has always been a challenge, but our Utah YIP succeeded in serving over 100 youth. Our community reach is building as we saw at our Michigan YIP at the final ceremony the love and support from the families that showed up was the largest attendance in Michigan YIP history. Test results across the three programs showed an average increase of 24% in math and an average increase of 44% in language arts. Our programs continue to step up to the next level and progressively develop each year only strengthening our will to lead, to go big, and become better in the programs to come.
Read our full Annual Report here:https://www.youthimpactprogram.org/results/2019-youth-impact-program-annual-report/

Want to support the Michigan Youth Impact Program with a chance to win tickets to some A-MAIZE-ING University of Michiga...
09/03/2019
Youth Impact Program » Michigan Youth Impact Program Raffle

Want to support the Michigan Youth Impact Program with a chance to win tickets to some A-MAIZE-ING University of Michigan sporting events?

#MichiganYIP is holding an upcoming fundraiser to support our 2019 and future Michigan Youth Impact Programs. We will be raffling off the following prize packages to donors:

2 Michigan vs Notre Dame football tickets (20 yard line, first row clubhouse)
4 Michigan home hockey tickets (any game)
2 Michigan home basketball tickets (any game)

For every $100 donated to the Michigan Youth Impact Program made before 10AM (Eastern Time) September 7, 2019 you will receive 1 entry ($1,000 donation = 10 entries)

Get more information about the raffle here: https://www.youthimpactprogram.org/michigan-youth-impact-program-raffle/

Got all the info you need? Make a donation to the Michigan Youth Impact Program now: https://www.youthimpactprogram.org/donate/

We have some A-MAIZE-ING raffle items to encourage you to go BIG and support the 2019 and future Michigan Youth Impact Programs for an upcoming fundraiser! More information about the raffle and prizes are below.

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Karan Higdon at University Of Michigan football team was in YIP in Sarasota FL in High School and is now supporting a FYIP program in Ann Arbor. A real hero and mentor for the community to follow for at risk kids.
Three of University of Hawaii's newly named team captains were a big part of this summer's YIP. Congrats Dru, Trayvon & Daniel!!!
See you guys on July 10th!