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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
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.
So what did we hear? .... ... 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

Credit Recovery: Helping students make up for lost time

Two years ago, I spoke with Osborn Neighborhood Alliance parent mentors who were volunteering at the Osborn High School Campus. They were helping to “fill in the gap” at the schools, offering additional support to students on the campus to complement the work of the schools’ administrators and teachers. ... Read More

Kids need a community of caring adults

“Children in Detroit are forced to be alone, and from that either become something or nothing,” said Angelina, a bright young woman who explained that she learned many life lessons on her own and by gleaning advice from friends who had strong support networks.

Growing up in poverty can be a very isolating experience. Survival replaces growth. Fear replaces hope. ... Read More