A Rose for Detroit Blog

Connections between youth and adults make kids matter

It always makes my day when I see someone around Detroit in a t-shirt that says, “Kids Matter Here.” It is one sign that I live in a city filled with adults who care about kids. Over the past year, The Skillman Foundation staff and partners have been thinking together about how to deepen connections for young people in Detroit and how caring adults play a critical role as connectors in the lives of young people. ... Read More

My Love for Detroit

I’m Marie Colombo, senior officer for knowledge management and chief of staff-program at the Skillman Foundation. I'm a life-long Detroiter whose ancestors were drawn to the region for work in the auto industry. I have a very special place in my heart for zip code 48205 and the Osborn/Denby neighborhoods.
There’s been a flurry of social media conversations where people are sharing the things they love about Detroit. For me it’s the spirit – of Detroit’s past, its present and its future –epitomized in the poem Detroit Jesus, written by Peter Putnam, which was composed for Grace Lee Boggs on her 96th birthday. ... Read More

White House Fellows make stop at Foundation during Living City Tour

Recently, The Skillman Foundation had the privilege of hosting a reception for the White House Fellows. The White House Fellows program, developed in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was created to provide young, talented individuals with the opportunity to view government close-up and allow them a first-hand opportunity to explore career opportunities in service to their country. The program is now one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. As part of the programs “Living City Tour,” the fellows visited Detroit for five days in early November, which included meetings with the police chief, mayor and governor. ... Read More

Neighborhood notes from the field

I recently had the pleasure of attending a special event celebrating “Heroes of the Neighborhood.” This event recognized some ordinary individuals and employers who had performed in some extraordinary ways to help others and to make their neighborhood a better place to live and work. ... Read More

PNC initiative gives Detroit's kids chance to grow up great

Last month, PNC Bank announced the continuation of its award-winning Grow Up Great initiative, a comprehensive community-based approach to kindergarten readiness. The financial services group with branches all over metro Detroit launched the program seven years ago with a financial commitment of $100 million over 10 years to improve the lives of children and families in the geographic areas they serve. ... Read More

All roads lead to Detroit

Nearly two years ago, Angela Glover Blackwell, the president of PolicyLink, an organization that marries innovative local practices with stellar national policy, said "All roads lead to Detroit." The intent behind her statement was simply that everyone in the country is looking to Detroit to better understand what is happening in urban centers, where there's been significant disinvestment.
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Look beyond losses to goals of the future

This week, Detroit has hosted some of the nation’s most powerful philanthropic leaders. On Wednesday, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation held its trustee meeting here, which included panel discussions and a community tour. On Thursday, Living Cities, an innovative collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, also held its board meeting in Detroit. I was able to participate on two panels to introduce these leaders to the culture, strengths, challenges and grit of Detroit. ... Read More

Filmmakers seek Detroiter's opinions

Filmmakers of the documentary "Gaining Ground" wanted perspective while making the final edits for their production. In Detroit, they found just that. Detroit residents from community groups and foundations to education and business sectors attended a screening and participated in a focus group for the documentary Oct. 18, hosted by The Skillman Foundation in association with Midtown Detroit.
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Tune in, make a pledge for Detroit kids

Along with our friends at WDIV-TV and City Connect, the Foundation is participating in an important telethon today that will raise much-needed money for Detroit schoolchildren.

“Rescue 4 Schools” is an all-day fundraiser that will help 12 schools – two each in the six Good Neighborhoods where the Foundation has been working intensely over the past five years – share proceeds to buy basic school supplies for classrooms and students.

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