speak to their passions, facilitate interaction, raise awareness, inspire action
In 2002, Expressions was formed through the awareness of the potential of youth to pursue their passions in one of two directions: exploitation and abuse of themselves and others or the positive development of themselves and their community. For this reason Expressions was began as an unfunded youth program dedicated to positive, personal development through creative outlets. Using the resources they possessed as young citizens and professionals, the mentors' focused their energy on teaching the youth in southwest Detroit how to shape their own paths. Expressions began to show youth how to use the things they are passionate about—specifically low riding, aerosol art, and media—as a means toward positive development.