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Five actions for a stronger Detroit

Five actions for a stronger Detroit

Over the last two months, we held focus groups that allowed us to hear from Detroit residents about their experiences, ideas and hopes for the city and its children. These discussions, which were at once insightful, sobering and encouraging, contribute to our perspective of Detroit and help to inform our strategies to best help Detroit youth thrive. Here, we share a synthesis of our main takeaways. ... Read More
Growing leaders through outdoor adventures

Growing leaders through outdoor adventures

Upon graduating from Wayne State University, Peter went to Micronesia with his church and put his belief in the transformative power of outdoor adventure to work, spending three years running a diversion program for youth in the criminal justice system. “Instead of going to jail, they could spend 21 days in the jungle with me,” he grinned. ... Read More
Detroit residents leading change in neighborhoods

Detroit residents leading change in neighborhoods

When the Skillman Foundation set out to on its Good Neighborhoods Initiative to improve conditions for children living in six Detroit neighborhoods – Brightmoor, Chadsey Condon, Cody Rouge, North End, Osborn and Southwest Detroit – one critical step taken was to launch Community Connections, a resident-centered grant program working to strengthen civic engagement and grassroots leadership. The program awards grants of $500 to $5,000 to local projects that mobilize residents to improve opportunities and conditions for youth.
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Reviewing Detroit’s Good Neighborhoods

Reviewing Detroit’s Good Neighborhoods

Ten years ago Carol Goss, then president & CEO of the Skillman Foundation, made a bold $100 million, 10-year commitment to improve conditions for children in six neighborhoods in Detroit where nearly one-third of the city’s youth population lived. The Skillman Good Neighborhoods — Brightmoor, Chadsey-Condon, Cody-Rouge, Northend, Osborn, and Southwest Detroit — were spread throughout the city, with varied populations, access to resources and community assets. It soon became apparent: “When you’ve seen one Good Neighborhood, you’ve seen ONE Good Neighborhood.” ... Read More
Six innovative ideas to support Detroit’s young men of color receive $50,000 each to launch

Six innovative ideas to support Detroit’s young men of color receive $50,000 each to launch

Six teams were awarded $50,000 each to launch programs serving young men of color in Detroit. The teams were among 20 finalists of the My Brother’s Keeper Detroit Innovation Challenge, a $500,000 initiative organized by this Skillman Foundation and Campaign for Black Male Achievement to improve life outcomes for black and brown boys. ... Read More
Parents, youth and staff team up to improve after-school programs

Parents, youth and staff team up to improve after-school programs

When it comes to after-school program attendance, we like to say “youth vote with their feet.” Unlike school, youth usually attend after-school programs voluntarily, or their parents encourage them to go. If a program’s quality is no good, youth often walk away. Staff and volunteers are left wondering why the youth don’t return. ... Read More