Newman Summer Youth Program

The Newman Summer Youth Program was founded in 1990 by the late great Dr. James Petteway, Evangelist Victor Hill, and Christopher Northcross. The program is held every summer at Newman African Methodist Episcopal Church operating 4 days a week, 6 hours a day, for 4 weeks in July.  Boys and girls in grades 2nd through 8th are admitted without regard for race, or creed. Parent participations and community partnerships are mandatory.

Summer means the end of school, and for many children in Pontiac, the end of substantial opportunities for growth and development.  These children have too much unstructured time. During the summer their parents are unable to provide the additional supervision, or to pay for camps and enrichment activities. The Newman Summer Youth Program provides children with opportunities for spiritual and academic growth in a fun and nurturing environment.

The program includes:

  • Discussing Spiritual and Moral issues through Prayer and Bible study.
  • Improving basic skills (Reading, Writing, and Math) and MEAP review.
  • Encouraging creativity through liturgical dance, mime, and art and crafts.
  • Sports Program (Basketball, Soccer, Softball/Baseball, Physical Fitness).
  • Exploring the community via Field Trips and outings.
  • Introducing children to computer applications.
  • Breakfast and lunch is served daily.

If you would like to make a donation towards this program, please make your checks payable to the Newman A.M.E. Summer Youth Program.

Send them to:

Newman A.M.E Summer Youth Program
Newman A.M.E. Church
233 Bagley St.
Pontiac, Mich. 48341

Thank you for assisting in developing our most valuable resource, our children.


Pastor Alfred Johnson
Rev. Donna H. Vinson
Bro. Christopher Northcross