WHAT IS THE YUNION?
The Yunion (pronounced union), home of The Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy (CATTA), is a faith-based non-profit organization that serves youth and families with life-changing programs that help them thrive in the Metro Detroit area.
Our vision is to see Detroit youth thrive in vibrant communities, viable schools, and healthy families.
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.
OUR HISTORY (ESTABLISHED IN 2005)
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.
In 2002, 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. Mr. Wilson soon realized, however, that even when the music stopped the negative pressures continued for metro Detroit youth.
In 2005, In order to gain access to funding needed to expand The Yunion’s mentoring services beyond the reach of music, Mr. Wilson established The Yunion as a nonprofit.
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 15,000 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.
OUR CORE VALUES
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.