The DEYA approach is at the intersection of equitable access, collaboration and field building. It centers on four areas of focus: Impact Network, Infrastructure, Platforms and Advocacy:
IMPACT NETWORK: DEYA serves as a backbone, providing support for Detroit youth arts networks by acting as a coordinator and raising funds for network initiatives;
INFRASTRUCTURE: The organization provides resources and planning support for infrastructure improvements and other funding that supports the entire city of Detroit and arts sectors. This includes addressing out-of-school transportation for all youth arts opportunities and identifying and securing federal and national grants to support the sustainability of the youth arts sector;
PLATFORMS: DEYA provides collaborative platforms to elevate the work of youth and youth arts providers, including through the Launch Award micro-grants for youth throughout the city, mentorship programs and youth arts showcases and awards;
ADVOCACY: By centralizing information, grass-roots marketing and policy advocacy for the arts sector, DEYA is committed to delivering a catalog of youth arts providers for schools and after-school sites, a centralized database and/or website, marketing efforts to support Detroit youth arts in general and lobbying for policy change to support youth arts in Detroit.