A Rose for Detroit Blog

Community voices help refine our 2016 goals

One of the roles The Skillman Foundation plays is as a community convener. Whether it’s through neighborhood planning sessions, learning communities, Boys of Color symposiums or a host of other meetings and events, Foundation staff members spend a great deal of time bringing together partners, residents, youth and other stakeholders to learn and problem-solve together and to collaborate in new ways. ... Read More

The alignment to educate children in El Paso

Last week I participated in the first of three Urban Education Study Tours sponsored by the national organization, Grantmakers for Education. These tours give participants a chance to learn how communities collaborating are leveraging their resources to create better outcomes for children. The visit to El Paso, Texas, was a phenomenal experience for a host of reasons. ... Read More

Experience positive DPS first hand through Spring Learning Fest

Detroit Public Schools’ Winter Holiday Learning Fest was so successful, that the district is moving ahead with a similar program for the shorter spring recess. I am encouraging you to come and be part of a positive DPS experience first hand. It is not painful and, in fact, you will walk away with a different perception of what Detroit Public Schools is ultimately about, the children they are entrusted with each and every school year.
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There are lots of school choices, but only if we make informed choices

Eight schools. Newberry, Fitzgerald, Wilkins, Von Stueben, Butzel, Munger, Burbank and Cass Tech. These are all of the Detroit public schools I attended while growing up. My experience over 20 years ago, unfortunately, is still the experience of many children in Detroit. There is a great deal of transiency among school-age children driven both by poverty and by school choice. ... Read More

Revived movement to improve outcomes for black boys must extend beyond a generation

I am the oldest of three girls, the mother of three daughters and aunt to four nieces. There is not one boy child in my immediate family. So many might wonder why a woman who has lived in a female-dominated family might be so concerned and passionate about making sure that boys do well. It is very simple; my daughters and nieces will date and eventually marry. I am open to each of them finding love with any man regardless of his race; yet I want each of them to have an option to love a black man just like their grandmother, mothers and aunts have. However, I know that the likelihood of them meeting and loving a Black man with the same education and social class will be dependent upon what we do today to fix the systemic and structural challenges facing black boys. ... Read More