Youth Development Fund

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 The goal of the Youth Development Fund is to expand high-quality out-of-school programming for Detroit children. We define "high quality" as programs that align with the ACT (Achieve-Connect-Thrive) Framework. This methodology was first developed by Boston After School and Beyond, and has identified and grouped distinct sets of skills that young people need to develop to do well in the world after high school. 

The Foundation's Youth Development Fund was part of its Good Neighborhoods Initiative, which drew to a close in 2016. Announcement of how the Foundation will transition and evolve this work will be make in April 2017. This will include an update on Request for Proposals (RFPs). Please check back for updates. 

Youth Development Fund Cohorts:

Cohort 5 -- 2016 

Organization Grant Amount Grant Purpose
Clark Park Coalition  $75,000  To support activities to expand student literacy connected to positive youth development opportunities for middle and high school students in southwest Detroit. 
Playworks  $100,000  To continue support for a highly-successful play-based curriculum program at five schools drawing students from Brightmoor, Cody Rouge and southwest Detroit serving over 1,800 elementary school youth. 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit  $75,000  To provide mentoring services for 200 students across Detroit to help them prepare for high school and a successful adulthood -- particularly for those students with fragile support networks.
College for Creative Studies  $75,000  To support a year-round comprehensive art and community engagement program serving high school students in Cody Rouge and Osborn.
Midnight Golf  $75,000  To continue support for a high-quality youth development program that uses the game of golf to promote and support academic achievement and college preparation for youth in Brightmoor, Chadsey-Condon, Cody Rouge, Northend and Osborn. 
Southwest Detroit Business Association Inc. $50,000 To support a high-quality performing arts program in three Detroit Public Schools to serve youth in southwest Detroit. 
ProjectArt  $50,000  To support a program that partners with local public libraries to offer after-school visual art classes to better prepare 180 students for high school graduation, college, career and life in the Northend and southwest Detroit neighborhoods.  
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan $75,000  To support academic interventions and mentoring for 445 at-risk youth in the Osborn neighborhood. 
Central Detroit Christian CDC $75,000 To support a workforce readiness program for 100 youth in Detroit’s Northend neighborhood that offers training as well as support to find jobs upon completion of the program.
Development Centers Inc. $75,000  To support a comprehensive youth development program for 100 youth in Brightmoor and Cody Rouge schools. Program services include youth development workshops on peer relations, conflict resolution, academic enrichment, leadership, goal setting, life skills, trauma support, and college and career readiness.
Detroit Food Academy $125,000  To expand support for an experiential culinary arts and entrepreneurship program serving 200 youth from schools in Cody Rouge, Northend, Osborn and southwest Detroit.
InsideOut Literary Arts Project  $50,000  To support extra-curricular Youth Writing Centers serving 600 youth at four schools in Cody Rouge, Northend and southwest Detroit.
Learn Fresh Education Co.  $75,000  To support NBA Math Hoops, a fast-paced basketball board game and mobile app that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. Six-hundred students in Skillman Foundation’s Good Neighborhoods to improve grade-level achievement and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or math-related fields.
Living Arts $50,000  To continue to support a variety of performing and visual arts experiences for 135 youth in Chadsey Condon and southwest Detroit. 
Matrix Human Services $60,000  To continue to support the Midnight Basketball, Boxing, and Technology Program for 100 youth in Osborn. 
Matrix Theatre Company Inc.  $50,000  To continue support for hands-on theatrical projects guided by professional artists to help 500 youth across Detroit to build literacy and interpersonal skills. 
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit  $50,000  To support a high-quality performing arts education program to 125 youth in Brightmoor and Osborn.
Neighborhood Service Organization $125,000  To continue to support a multi-faceted youth program for 150 Northend and Osborn youth. The program provides opportunities, support and resources in the areas of education, leadership development, violence prevention, life skills and mentoring.
People’s Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit $75,000  To offer youth development programming during non-school hours for 465 youth in southwest Detroit at Western High School. The program will expand to serve students who would not otherwise be able to attend the programming due to transportation issues when offered in other locations. Services include tutoring, college visits, mentorship, team-based work, and restorative justice circles.
Wellspring $150,000  To continue to offer 300 students in Brightmoor access to high-quality Kumon math and reading curriculum as well as extra-curricular and college preparatory activities. 
YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit $75,000  To support the expansion of the Youth In Government Program to 50 underserved youth from the six Skillman Good Neighborhoods. The YMCA’s Youth In Government program exposes students to the core democratic values of justice, equality, diversity and truth.

 

Cohort 4 — Spring 2015

Organization Grant Amount Grant Purpose
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit $100,000 To support youth development services to promising 11th-grade males attending Cody High School.
Bridging Communities $75,000 To support the Walk the Talk Youth Leadership Program.
Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation $75,000 To support efforts to provide career exploration and job readiness and training to youth through their R.E.A.D.Y. Program (Recruit, Educate/Employ, and Advance & Develop Youth).
Development Centers, Inc. $75,000 To continue to support the community based Youth in I.C.E. (Intentional Community Engagement) program.
Eastern Market Corporation $75,000 To continue to support the Summer Leadership Program (SLP) of the Detroit Food Academy (DFA).
Midnight Golf Program $75,000 To continue to support a high-quality youth development program that uses the game of golf as a vehicle for promoting and supporting academic achievement and college preparation for youth.
Wellspring $75,000 To continue to support delivery of an enhanced academic and youth development program that builds on the long-established Kumon academic curriculum and tutoring.
College for Creative Studies $75,000 To continue to support the expansion of the Detroit Neighborhood Arts Corps (DNAC) program in the Cody Rouge and Osborn neighborhoods.
Heritage Works $75,000 To continue to support YouthWorks, a program infusing cultural traditions of dance and music with positive youth development within the Cody Rouge neighborhood.
Living Arts $50,000 To support Youth Success through Arts, an afterschool and summer youth development program with classes in dance and visual, performing, and media arts that will be conducted at two locations in Southwest Detroit.
Matrix Theatre Company $50,000 To support School of Theatre, a comprehensive creative artistic program that delivers rigorous art principles to help 500 students in the Southwest, Chadsey Condon, Osborn, and Cody Rouge neighborhoods.
Southwest Detroit Business Association $50,000 To continue to support the Center of Music & Performing Arts Southwest (COMPAS) for high-quality performing arts training for children and youth in Southwest Detroit.
Clark Park Coalition $75,000 To continue to support reading-focused activities primarily to boys of color in Southwest Detroit.
People's Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit $50,000 To support youth development programming during non-school hours for youth in and adjacent to the Delray neighborhood in Southwest.

Cohort 3 — Fall 2014 

Organization Grant Amount Grant Purpose
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit $75,000 To support a community and school-based mentoring program at the Detroit Leadership Academy in the Cody Rouge neighborhood
Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan $75,000 To support the academic intervention program, Project STARS (Strategically Targeting At-Risk Students).
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation $75,000 To support the after-school and summer youth development program the Urban Arts Academy.
Detroit Police Athletic League $100,000 To provide support for high-quality, organized recreational sports and leadership development programming across the six targeted neighborhoods
Eastern Market Corporation $75,000 To support the Detroit Food and Entrepreneurship Academy
InsideOut Literary Arts Project $65,000 To support the Young Writing Centers in Southwest Detroit.
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit $50,000 To provide support for high-quality performing arts education that connects high school graduation to college and career opportunities
Neighborhood Service Organization $200,000  To support continue a youth-led leadership development, violence and substance-abuse intervention and prevention programs for middle and high school students
Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, Inc. $50,000 To support the capacity building of a critical community-based organization.
YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit $200,000 To support the ACT One Collaborative in the Cody Rouge neighborhood
 

Cohort 2 -- Spring 2014

Organization Grant Amount Grant Purpose
Bridging Communities, Inc.  $50,000 To support the Learning and Living Youth Engagement Program
Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation $60,000 To help fund Equipping & Engaging Teens for Life, a program that will arm youth in the Northend Central neighborhood with the skills needed to acquire meaningful employment
Clark Park Coalition $75,000 To strategically advance the Academic Enrichment and College Pathways Project
College for Creative Studies $65,000 To support the expansion of the Detroit Neighborhood Arts Corps (DNAC) program in Cody Rouge and Osborn neighborhoods
Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program $100,000 To launch the SOAR (STEMM, Opportunities, Arts and Readiness) Together program.
Development Centers, Inc. $75,000 To provide support for the community-based Youth in I.C.E. (Intentional Community Engagement) program.
Heritage Works $50,000 To support the implementation of YouthWorks, a program infusing cultural traditions of dance and music with positive youth development within the Cody Rouge neighborhood.
Midnight Golf Program $70,000 To support a high-quality youth development program that uses the game of golf as a vehicle for promoting and supporting academic achievement and college preparation for youth.
Playworks Education Energized $75,000 To support Playworks' Class Game Time youth development program at Detroit International Academy and Maybury Elementary.
Prevailing Community Development Corporation $75,000 To expand a child development hub in the Chadsey-Condon neighborhood with the ability to help children advance their mathematics, literacy and interpersonal/conflict management development skills.
Southwest Detroit Business Association, Inc. $50,000 To support the Center of Music & Performing Arts Southwest (COMPAS) for high-quality performing arts training for children and youth in Southwest Detroit.
Wellspring $75,000 To support delivery of an enhanced Academic & Youth Development Program that builds on the long-established Kumon academic curriculum and tutoring.
 

Cohort 1 -- Fall 2013

Organization Grant Amount Grant Purpose
Detroit PAL, Inc.  $75,000 To provide high-quality, organized sports, recreation and leadership development programs to youth. Additionally, Think Detroit Police Athletic League will work with youth in all six targeted neighborhoods by improving interactions with caring adults and improving the emotional well-being, self-efficacy and resiliency of youth.
Neighborhood Service Organization  $200,000 To support a collaborative youth-led leadership development and violence and substance-abuse intervention and prevention program that will serve middle- and high-school students and engage the Osborn neighborhood by restoring the Osborn Area Youth Leadership Institute to conduct school- and community-based forums around youth violence and substance abuse prevention, all while working with the growing Hmong population in Osborn.
YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit  $200,000 To support the ACT One collaboration between the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, Black Family Development Inc., and the Detroit Leadership Academy High School. The Collaboration will enhance academic performance through mentorship, academic enrichment opportunities, and restorative practices for students enrolled in the Detroit Leadership Academy High School.
Cornerstone Schools Association  $150,000  To establish a Reading Accelerator program and to build out the existing Math Accelerator, both in the Osborn neighborhood.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit  $75,000 To support 75 students in a community and school-based mentoring program in the Cody Rouge neighborhood.
Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan  $75,000 To support the academic intervention program Project STARS (Strategically Targeting At-Risk Students), which provides youth development opportunities and academic supports to students who are at risk of failing.
City Year Inc.  $75,000 To support the youth development program Whole School Whole Child (WSWC), which helps at-risk students in the Cody Rouge neighborhood stay in school by identifying early warning indicators that lead to dropping out and moves them back to on-track graduation.
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (DHDC)  $75,000 To support DHDC’s youth development program that offers 100 youth in Southwest Detroit and Chadsey Condon the opportunity to engage in literacy and math skill exercises, have academic tutoring, gain college exposure through a joint effort with Wayne State University, and connect with supportive services.
Eastern Market Corporation  $75,000 To support the Detroit Food and Entrepreneurship Academy, which uses community-focused good entrepreneurship as a vehicle to activate high school students as critical thinkers, conscious consumers, and community activists, all while increasing math proficiencies.
InsideOut Literary Arts Project  $65,000 To create Youth Writing Centers at two targeted schools within the Skillman Good Neighborhoods -- Detroit International Academy for Young Women in Northend Central and Western International High School in Southwest Detroit.
Living Arts  $65,000 To support the program Youth Success through Arts. This program occurs after school and during the summer and provides youth with classes in dance and visual, performing and media arts and operates out of two locations in Southwest Detroit. 
Matrix Theatre Company, Inc.  $65,000 To support a school theatre program, engaging 575 students in four of the six Skillman target neighborhoods -- Chadsey Condon, Cody Rouge, Northend Central and Southwest Detroit.
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit  $50,000 To support the Theater’s First Stage Training Program, which provides youth a high-quality performing arts education that connects high school graduation to college and career by fostering character development, developing vocal techniques to help with public speaking and build confidence, and supporting literacy skills.
Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, Inc.  $50,000 Will continue the support the establishment of a Southwest Detroit Athletic League, as well as fund continued efforts to foster youth leadership in Springwells Village.