Mission & History

The Yunion has a long history of service within the inner-city of Detroit

What is The Yunion?

The Yunion (pronounced union) is a 501c3 non profit organization that serves youth and families in Metro Detroit.

Our Mission

Our mission is to counter negative cultural influences that misdirect the lives of youth by raising awareness and strengthening families through innovative prevention programming, education, parental engagement, mentoring, and counseling.

The Yunion's History

Jason Wilson, founder and CEO of The Yunion, experienced firsthand the negative influence and persuasive power that the hip-hop music culture can have on youth while he was a member of Detroit-based rap group Kaos & Mystro and a music producer for platinum rap artists. His personal experiences led him to first create The Yunion record label in 2002 with the goal of producing music that countered the potentially harmful influences of hip-hop culture. Wilson soon realized, however, that even when the music stopped the negative pressures continued for metro Detroit youth. In order to gain access to funding needed to expand The Yunion’s mentoring services beyond the reach of music, Wilson established The Yunion as a nonprofit in 2005. In 2007 we were awarded our first federal grant for mentoring through the U.S. Department of Education, and today The Yunion has reached over 10,000 Metro Detroit youth via innovative prevention programming, engaging workshops, assemblies, and conferences. We have collaborated with over 3-dozen schools, community organizations, and churches in empowering Detroit youth and families.

History of Service about The Yunion

The Yunion recognizes the importance of collaboration and community efforts. We have been fortunate to serve our youth in conjunction with a diverse group of local and national youth service organizations:

Abayomi Community Development Corporation

ARK Project

BMe Community

Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA)

City Connect Detroit

Detroit Leadership Academy

Family Victory Fellowship Church

Fitzgerald Middle School

Frederick Douglass Academy

George Washington Carver Academy

Girls & Boys Clubs of Southeastern Michigan

Grace Community Church

Greater Grace Temple

Here’s Hope Institute

Highland Park High School

Job Corps Detroit, MI

John R King Academy

Methodist Children’s Home Society

Michigan Abstinence Program

Michigan Department of Community Health

Michigan Neighborhood Partnership

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

NAACP/Freedom Institute

New Beginnings Cathedral

New Detroit, Inc.

New St. Mark Baptist Church

Oakland Avenue Baptist Church

Oak Park Nova Academy

Peter Vetal School Middle School

Plymouth Educational Center

Project A.R.T.

Radio One – 105.9 FM WDTJ

Renaissance High School

Rock of Ages Christian Church

Rosedale Park Baptist Church

Salvation Army

SAMHSA/CSAP (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention)

Second Chapel Hill Church

Southeastern High School

Spectrum Juvenile Justice Services

St. Paul AME Zion

Teen Hype

The Children’s Center

The Institute of Black Family Development

The Skillman Foundation

The United Way of Southeastern Detroit

Triumph Missionary Baptist Church

University Preparatory Academy (Elementary, Middle & High School)

University Preparatory Science & Math Middle School

U.S. Department of Education

Wayne County Department of Children & Family Services

Westside Christian Academy