A Rose for Detroit Blog

MBK Detroit earns presidential pat on the back

In February 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, challenging communities across the nation to close the opportunity gaps that boys and men of color regularly face. Present in the crowd for his announcement were Skillman Foundation President & CEO Tonya Allen and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, both of whom readily accepted the President’s call to action. The Foundation joined with Mayor Duggan’s office, as well as more than 100 other civic, social and corporate leaders, to develop and execute a “cradle to college-and-career” strategy that would help ensure Detroit’s black and brown youth reach their full potential. ... Read More

Doctor treats youth violence epidemic

Dr. Tolulope Sonuyi, an emergency medicine physician at DMC Sinai Grace Hospital, has been an active member of My Brother’s Keeper Detroit since the initiative’s inception in December 2014. His contributions have been invaluable, providing ground-level insight on youth violence in Detroit and forging partnerships that have yielded quick action to diminish its prevalence. ... Read More

Allen: 2015 Year-End Reflection

Reflecting on the achievements we’ve made together over the past 12 months, I’m struck with gratitude for those who have worked tirelessly to lift up Detroit’s children. May our diligence and resolve only grow stronger in the year ahead. ... Read More

David McGhee: Youth Development Program Officer

“What motivates me is that tonight some kids will go to bed hungry. Some for food, some for love, some to learn, some for opportunities. There are children that will go to bed hungry,” says David McGhee, the Skillman Foundation’s youth development program officer. ... Read More

How to begin to stop the decline of Detroit's schools

Announced last week, the bleak news about student performance in Detroit Public Schools has become an all-too-familiar and numbing element of the season, and something that Detroiters dread. For the fourth time in a row, Michigan’s biggest city ranked dead last among urban school districts that took part in the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam.

As if that weren’t discouraging enough, Detroiters were also warned last week by the state treasurer that DPS – which has been managed from Lansing for the past several years – could be insolvent by spring. ... Read More