A Rose for Detroit Blog

Are You the Next Voice of Detroit?

Are You the Next Voice of Detroit?

InsideOut Literary Arts is accepting submissions from teen poets, rappers, leaders and activists for the 2018 Detroit Youth Poet Laureate and Ambassador awards. Open to all teens based in Wayne County, this initiative seeks to honor one Laureate and three Ambassadors to amplify the voices of young people in Detroit. ... Read More

Data Transparency

Publically-available data compiled through grant support from the Skillman Foundation has recently been in the news. We've provided the data, methodology, and limitations of this work here. ... Read More

Real Change Takes More Than Money

Years ago when I first began to work at the Skillman Foundation I had the good fortune to work with Ed Meade, who had recently retired from the Ford Foundation after more than 30 years as a leading light in the philanthropic community. Ed helped me develop what became the Foundation’s first major initiative, the 10-year $20-million Comer Schools and Families Initiative. The initiative launched in 1992 in partnership with a committed set of parents, teachers, school administrators, union leaders and university professionals. Fast-forward to today, when the Foundation has recently completed its largest and most ambitious initiative to date, our 10-year, $100-million Good Neighborhoods Initiative. ... Read More

Our New Strategic Approaches

In this blog, we've outlined our Strategic Approaches for driving change under our new framework of three Impact Areas -- Education, Equity and Economy -- to benefit Detroit children. ... Read More
Our Associate Program Officers

Our Associate Program Officers

Three Skillman Foundation team members have recently been appointed to the role of associate program officer: Ashley Aidenbaum, Matt Hoerauf, and Siobhan O’Laoire. Each of these talented folks brings a different set of skills and experience to their new role, contributing to the Foundation’s grantmaking and changemaking efforts.

The trio explains what led them to the Foundation, and what they’ve learned in their previous roles to carry forward as they, and the Foundation, transition to a new way of work. ... Read More
We Are Culture Creators

We Are Culture Creators

“Here, I’m learning how to become myself and talk about what I see and experience on a day-to-day basis,” Yeury said confidently. It’s a Friday afternoon and the young community organizer is seated at workstation filled with computer monitors, headphones and camera parts. Surrounding him are the fellow members of We Are Culture Creators, a media arts collective based in Southwest Detroit and one of six awardees of the My Brother’s Keeper Detroit Innovation Challenge organized by the Skillman Foundation and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. ... Read More
In Reverence for Detroit Youth

In Reverence for Detroit Youth

I’m at the high school graduation of a school I’ve been working with on some workforce development training and summer employment placements. I’ve become attached to the students, the staff, and the mission of the school.

As I walk up to the church, I see a friend and counselor, “Mr. C.” He's a larger than life man who loves the kids of the school like they were his own. He greets me with his customary bear hug that lifts me off the ground. "Hey Brother Terry! Glad to see you,” he says. “I need to introduce you to someone." ... Read More