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Keys 2 Life Performing Arts Day Camp is for children ages 11-14


4-weeks of Fun-Filled Quality Training, Industry Exposure & Engaging Field Trips.


July 8 - August 2, 2019. Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm EST.


Wayne State University, Old Main Building in Detroit, Maggie Allesee Department of Theater and Dance.


The Keys 2 Life Performing Arts Camp is an intensive 4-week program that serves as an expansion of The Yunion’s Keys 2 Life Mentoring through Music prevention and life skills after-school curriculum. Keys 2 Life, established in 2010, is a music based program that teaches prevention of and abstention from negative experiences such as substance abuse, pre-marital sex, and teen pregnancy by targeting middle school students with a strong interest in the arts and music industry.

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The camp will take place at Wayne State University’s Campus in the College of Fine Performing and Communication Arts. In the heart of Midtown Detroit, the location will allow students to take advantage of some of the city’s most riches assets of culture and the arts! Participants will participate in educational and cultural field trips such as visiting the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Institute of Music Education, and the Motown Museum. Programming will run 5 days a week, Monday-Friday for four consecutive weeks from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Latch-key is available from 8:00 a.m – 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Keys 2 Life camp experience will provide participants with evidence-based prevention curriculum while encouraging, educating, and empowering youth through key principles in music, poetry, and dance. Returning students will participate in leadership development training and/or prevention and life skills curriculum. Students will be placed with a professionally trained instructor that will help nurture their talents and abilities in their specific area of interest. Those who commit to this program will be enriched socially, academically, psychologically and of course artistically.

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The Keys 2 Life Performing Arts Camp is focused on the development of the whole child. The sessions take a multi-faceted approach to include music and artistic development as well as youth development.

  • DJing

  • Music Production

  • Beat Making

  • Recording

  • Purpose of Music

  • Dance

  • Theater

  • Song Writing

  • Spoken Word Poetry

  • Mixing & Editing

  • Marketing & Promotion

  • Drama

  • Performing

  • String Instruments

  • Tutoring

  • Financial Literacy

  • Leadership Development

  • Community Engagement

  • Cultural Field Trips

  • Fun Field Trips

  • Prevention Skills

  • Life Skills Training

  • Evidence-Based Training

  • Artistic Development


Here are some benefits for children who attend the Keys2Life Performing Arts Summer Day Camp.


You know the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, and WHEN, Here is the WHY.

  • Music's Influence

    Increased knowledge of music’s influence on ideas about self and on decision-making.

  • Risk Awareness

    Increased knowledge of risk factors associated with HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases, and substance abuse.

  • Self Growth

    Development of self-motivation, self-confidence, and positive decision making skills.

  • Industry Exposure

    Exposure to various aspects of the music industry and performing arts (writing, recording, production, instruments, dance, performance, theater, marketing, etc.).

  • Portfolio Development

    Development of portfolio and audition materials to support future endeavors in the arts.

11-14 yrs old

(Middle-School Students)

Due to the intensive instruction and fast paced learning environment of our camp, enrollment is geared towards students who are ages 11-14. Students must be entering into grade six or higher in the Fall of 2019 and proof of age is required.Students will be required to demonstrate a willingness to learn and grow and are expected to be timely, professional, and adaptable to a fast-paced environment.

Only students with a strong interest in music and the arts should apply for this camp.

Enrollment is first come first serve so we encourage you to submit as early as possible.


“Keys 2 Life has opened up many doors for me. It is why I do what I do
today. The leaders helped me understand what to look for in good music—not the music today based on drugs, alcohol, and sex, but the music that encourages and helps people. It gave me a voice in the world.”

Destiny S.


“I love the Keys 2 Life Staff! Everyone was so nice to me. I have more
confidence to sing and dance now and really learned a lot about myself as a person. I’m not going to do some of the things that I used to that will keep me from reaching my goals.”

Chari T.


“She really has stepped out of her box. Her social skills have really improved. She is much more vocal and confident and has taken her singing talent to a new level.”

Karlita Y.


“My son absolutely loved attending the Keys 2 Life Camp! I believe that he will always remember the principles that he learned. It was great! I hope that I am able to bring him again next summer.”

Danielle H.


2019 Camp Sponsors

“The Yunion would like to thank all of our partners and sponsors
for the Keys 2 Life Performing Arts Summer Camp!”

Interested in becoming an event or program sponsor? Please contact The Yunion headquarters.

FYSB Family & Youth Services Bureau
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services