About Eastside Teen Outreach

Eastside Teen Outreach is a faith-centered 501(c)3 charity on the border of Eastpointe and Roseville, Michigan serving teens throughout southeast Macomb County since 2008.

Eastside Teen Outreach provides a safe environment for teens in 6th through 12th grade to connect and interact with each other in positive ways. Teens find hope and purpose through weekly meetings, life groups, dramatic arts, music, fitness, support groups, and through the examples of leaders who invest time into their lives by helping them overcome the negative influences in their lives and by giving them the tools and resources to make better choices.

The group that became Eastside Teen Outreach started with a handful of teens in 2001 and grew to over one hundred before formally incorporating in 2008. Eastside Teen Outreach has served hundreds of teens since its founding.

The Need

  • There are few teen-focused community resources in the local area.
  • Average incomes have dropped in our communities. Local families are less able to afford extra-curricular and recreational activities for their children.
  • Today’s teens are more socially isolated than previous generations.
  • Socially isolated teens have higher risks of depression, self-image issues, crime, suicide and other pathologies.

Our Purpose

Eastside Teen Outreach exists:

  • To turn dysfunction into happy, healthy relationships.
  • To teach teens to become responsible, self-reliant adults.
  • To expose teens to the arts and encourage them to engage in their natural creativity.
  • To model a responsible work ethic that helps teens succeed in school and prepare them to succeed in their future careers.
  • To promote a lifestyle that promotes excellent physical and emotional health.
  • To give teens a sense of dignity, self-worth and well-being.

Our Mission

Eastside Teen Outreach’s mission is to inspire teens to reach their full potential as healthy, well-adjusted people by providing positive mentoring, education, entertainment and arts.

Our Vision

We envision a community in which every young person experiences nurturing one-to-one relationships and community support, which in turn enables them to develop to their full potential – capable of making informed, responsible decisions as involved members of our communities and contributors to society.

Core Values

  • Family
  • Faith
  • Community
  • Personal Growth
  • Support
  • Volunteers and staff is our strength
  • Diversity
  • Responsive to the needs of our teens, families and staff

ETO Culture

Love: We make each other and others important to us with no expectation of a reward

Respect: Respect does not need to be earned. The respect we give others is a reflection of our respect for ourselves.

Authentic: We strive to let go of who we think we are supposed to be – and embrace who we actually are.

Compassionate: We recognize the needs of our group and of others and act with patience, grace, forgiveness and mercy.

Hopeful: We don’t look back in regret. We look forward with hope. Hope is not a dream but a way to make our dreams become reality.

Community: We strive to make our communities better because we are in them. We rise by lifting others.

Excellence: The demonstrated character of quality that exceeds expectations.

Acceptance: We care about everyone despite their perceived failures. We see perfection in each other’s imperfections.

Fun: Life is short. We rarely succeed in anything unless we have fun doing it, so let’s not forget to have fun!

Creativity: We let go of the past and go for the future. We go confidently in the direction of our dreams and live the life we imagined.

Statement of Faith

Eastside Teen Outreach is at its heart, a Christian faith-centered organization. However, we are not a church by any means. As such, we have no expectations or requirements for faith for the teens we serve. Our staff and volunteers represent a variety of denominational beliefs within the Christian sphere but our faith may be summed up by the Apostles Creed.

Inclusiveness and Diversity Statement

Eastside Teen Outreach does not discriminate or withhold services from teens 12-18 with respect to gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other barriers to participation.