A Rose for Detroit Blog

Randall Mosley

Leading for Kids: Randall Mosley, Amistad Reading and Music Project

When Randall Mosley was a child growing up on Beatrice Street in far southwest Detroit, he was slow in learning to read. But education was important to his mother. She had been admitted to college when she finished high school but never got to go because her family could not afford it. She wanted more for her son. ... 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
Detroit youth talk about what it's like to grow up in the city

Detroit youth talk about what it's like to grow up in the city

This summer, we talked with Detroit youth to hear about their experiences of growing up in the city, and their perspectives on the current needs and challenges facing youth today. We visited parks and community centers in five different Detroit neighborhoods, speaking with a diverse mix of youth.
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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