Alternatives for Girls

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903 West Grand Blvd Detroit, Michigan 48208-2365

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We help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.

Walk-in Center

Alternatives For Girls(AFG) provides services for walk-in clients Monday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Any member of the community in crisis may walk in to discuss their needs in private.  A qualified team of staff and volunteers will determine whether a walk-in person is eligible for AFG services and/or make referrals to other organizations based on that person’s needs.


AFG’s Prevention Program serves girls ages 4-18 who are at risk of pregnancy, gang involvement, abusing drugs or alcohol and school truancy. We engage them through after-school programs, a teen leadership program, and a summer camp.

Prevention’s programs include:

  • After-school programs for at-risk young women in elementary through high school

  • Rise N’ Shine, a fun, free, and educational summer camp for at-risk girls in southwest Detroit

  • Mentoring, which pairs caring adults with youth in need of a positive role model


AFG’s Shelter Program provides a stable home, counseling, and life skills training to homeless young women aged 15-21 and their children. The goal is to empower them to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

AFG’s Shelter can house up to 30 young women and their children. In addition to providing homeless young women with a safe and stable place to stay, AFG also provides life skills classes, counseling and case planning services to those we serve—all with the goal of giving them the tools they need to lead fulfilling and independent lives.

Shelter programs include:

  • Stepping Stones, a program for homeless and runaway young women ages 15-17 with the goal of reunifying them with their families

  • Emergency Shelter, a program for homeless young women ages 15-21 and their children, with the goal of providing a short-term safe and stable environment until they can get back on their feet

  • Transition to Independent Living, which provides homeless young women with long-term shelter combined with life skills classes, case planning services, and counseling, with the goal of providing young women with the tools they need to be successful on their own

  • Aftercare, which provides continuing support to young women ages 15-21  that have moved out of our shelter as well as to youth who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless in the community


AFG’s Outreach Program helps teens and women engaged in high-risk activities, such as street-based prostitution, drug use, and gang involvement, to understand the risks of such activities and transition to safe choices and healthy lives.

Outreach’s programs include:

  • Peer Education, a youth leadership program that trains at-risk youth to reach out to other at-risk youth in the community. The teams focus on topics such as healthy relationships, HIV, homelessness, internet bullying, and making positive choices.

  • Safe Choices Project, a program that reaches out to girls and women involved in sex work, and those who are victims of sex trafficking, to provide them with harm-reduction tools. New Choices, a component of Safe Choices, works with girls and women who want to exit sex work and provides them with the skills they need to lead fulfilling lives.

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Call the crisis help line at: (888)-AFG-3919 or use the live chat at:
Monday - Sunday
9 AM - 8:30 PM
for walk-ins

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