The Teen Fact Finding Mission is an interactive, three-day, educational trip providing the opportunity for Jewish teenagers to learn the scope of the mental health epidemic in their community. The mission will be an immersive, deep dive at agencies tackling the wide scope of mental health in Southeast Michigan. Activities include facility tours, meetings with mental health professionals, presentations, and interactive discussions. Through this experience, teenagers will learn about each agency’s mission, programs and resources, how they do or do not collaborate with one another, and how this impacts patients as well as the broader Metro Detroit community. Participants will also acquire knowledge and tools that will be used to develop solutions to better support those with mental health challenges through friendship and inclusion, all while bonding with other teen leaders from our community.

This program is supported by the Stephen H. Schulman Millennium Fund for Jewish Youth.

Day One
Teens will explore agencies throughout Pontiac that work on various parts of the mental health epidemic. Example agencies may include: Common Ground, Children’s Village, Oakland County Jail, HAVEN, Oakland County Suicide Prevention Network and more*. We will discuss collaboration and how the agencies we visit are tackling the challenges they face. The day will conclude with a debrief and connection to Judaic values at Friendship Circle. Before closing the evening, we will enjoy a fun group activity!

Day Two
On our second day, we will re-group in the morning in the Ann Arbor area for a deep dive into other agencies and individuals tackling mental health. Example agencies may include: Michigan Medicine, Dawn Farms, UofM Depression Center, Wolverine Support Network and more*! Over dinner, we will debrief what we have learned and discuss various solutions to the challenges the community is experiencing through a Judaic lens. Again, we will end the night with a fun, interactive activity!

Day Three
On our third and final day, we will explore Detroit’s role in solutions and challenges with mental health. Visits to agencies in the Detroit area may include: Wayne State CHAMPS, The Children’s Center, Detroit Behavioral Institute- The Jason Foundation, Southwest Solutions and more*! Our final evening will conclude at Friendship Circle with a debrief, discussion and action plan to take what we learned into our community. Each teen will end the trip feeling empowered to make a difference.

*Exact agencies included in the trip are subject to change.

Shabbat Dinner: On September 6th, we will rejoin as group for the evening. Each participant is welcome to bring their parents and siblings to enjoy a warm shabbos meal and discuss what was learned and the impact of our learning on our community.

What’s Included?

Merch: Registration T-shirt and UMatter swag Meals: Lunch, dinner and snacks are provided throughout the trip. Participants should eat breakfast prior to arriving on the trip. All meals will be Kosher & allergy-friendly. Trip Coordinator Agency Tours, materials and facilitation by professionals in the field throughout Pontiac, Ann Arbor and Detroit A Shabbos meal the week following the trip for the whole family (September 6th)

What’s Not Included?

Transportation throughout the day, to and from the site locations, is not included.

Teens are invited to carpool with one another to and from pre-approved agencies and destinations that are program-related. If your teen is 17 or 18, and you will allow them to be a carpool driver, we will list them as an available ride to teens who are unable to drive. Teen drivers will receive a gas card on the last day of the program.

Items of Personal Nature
If your teen chooses to purchase any personal items while on the trip, all costs will be associated with your teen.

What to Bring?

A light-weight backpack/bag to carry materials
Insurance Card
Drivers Licence (if applicable)
An interest in learning

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Friendship Circle
6892 West Maple Road West Bloomfield,
MI 48322 248-788-7878
Affiliated with Lubavitch Foundation of Michigan
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