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Residential Youth Prevention Program


The RYPP Program consists of two components for consumers ages 18 - 29:

  • Phase I: Stabilization (Residential)

  • Phase II: Independence (Housing)


Phase I: Stabilization

The Mariners Inn RYPP is for young men ages 18-29 who are in imminent danger of falling into homelessness, drug addiction, and/or criminal behavior. This program will house men up to 30-90 days in a residential setting and provides individual therapy, drug prevention classes, vocational assistance, mental health treatment, peer support, art therapy, and housing placement.

The young men are housed in a special unit of the Mariners Inn Residential Treatment Program for up to 90 days. Upon entry they are assigned to the Prevention Counselor who begins working with them on the development of their Independence Plan which is a holistic wellness plan addressing areas such as physical health, mental health, family, social, educational, vocational, and housing. The men are also assisted with Case Management issues like physical health, obtaining their birth certificates and/or ID, and housing upon completion of the program. Other services the men might need are assessed, determined, and delivered by their primary counselor.


The Men will attend:

  • Drug prevention groups (if applicable)

  • Individual therapy sessions

  • Peer support group

  • Art therapy group

  • Mental health treatment (if necessary)

  • Vocational groups

  • Recreational Activities – basketball team, bowling, softball and exercising

Phase II: Independence

The Mariners Inn Youth Transitional Living Program will provide shelter and individualized services for unaccompanied single male youth ages 18-29 years old who are considered “high risk.” High Risk is defined as youth who are more likely to have dropped out of school, have unstable relationships with their families, struggle with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, and/or experience long stretches of homelessness. The youth will live in a supported, structured environment and receive comprehensive social services to increase their independent living skills and ability to be self-sufficient. Specifically, this program will provide supportive services for a minimum of 6 months for youths who are reunited with family and up to 24 months for youth who are unable to return to their homes.

Client Testimonials


"RYPP helps me communicate with others and get a better perspective on life. It teaches us to have fun in recovery."

"This really is the most important time in my life. I don't need to keep my problems closed in and I don't need to feel a sense of shame."

To learn more, contact Stefanie Alston at or 313-962-9446 x 249.

"I've learned a lot. It gives me a sense of comfort-ability with myself. It's helped me by allowing me to interact with guys around my age. I think it will help me down the line. I am hopeful that more guys can come in and get the tools that MI has to offer."

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