$975K awarded to support quality youth programs in Detroit; another round of funding opens today

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DETROIT – Through the Youth Development Fund, the Skillman Foundation twice annually awards grants through a competitive process to organizations delivering high-quality out-of-school programming to kids in six Detroit neighborhoods.

A new round of funding, with up to $1 million available, opens today. Youth programs can apply for funding through a two-step RFP process, beginning with a Request for Qualifications. Organizations can find more info and apply at http://bit.ly/youthdevelopmentfund.


Students from Detroit Food Academy work on their food business in 2014.

The funding awards programs that help kids in Detroit neighborhoods learn skills that help them achieve academically, connect with their peers and caring adults, or thrive through honing skills such as resiliency and leadership. Programming must be located and serve kids in six neighborhoods: Brightmoor, Chadsey Condon, Cody Rouge, Northend Central, Osborn, and Southwest Detroit. The deadline to apply is July 8. Awards will be announced in the fall.

“Kids in Detroit, like kids everywhere, need experiences that come outside of the school day that help them understand how to lead, how to excel, or how to be a teammate,” said Vice President of Program & Policy, Kristen McDonald. “Learning doesn’t stop when the school bell rings. As a Foundation, we are committed to supporting work happening in Detroit neighborhoods that ensures kids have safe places to go where they can continue to grow and develop after school and through the summer.”

In the Spring 2015 round of the Youth Developing Fund, also announced today, $975,000 was awarded to 14 programs that offer an array of development opportunities for kids, from learning leadership through operating a food business, to bettering academic focus through the game of golf, and through developing cultural identify through music and dance. They are:

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit —$100,000 —To support youth development services to promising 11th-grade males attending Cody Rouge area high schools.
Bridging Communities —$75,000 — To support the Walk the Talk Youth Leadership Program.
Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation —$75,000 —To support efforts to provide career exploration and job readiness and training to youth through their R.E.A.D.Y. Program (Recruit, Educate/Employ, and Advance & Develop Youth).
Clark Park Coalition —$75,000 —To continue to support reading-focused activities primarily to boys of color in Southwest Detroit.
College for Creative Studies — $75,000 —To continue to support the expansion of the Detroit Neighborhood Arts Corps (DNAC) program in the Cody Rouge and Osborn neighborhoods.
Development Centers, Inc. —$75,000 —To continue to support the community-based Youth in I.C.E. (Intentional Community Engagement) program.
Eastern Market Corporation —$75,000 —To continue to support the Summer Leadership Program (SLP) of the Detroit Food Academy (DFA).
Heritage Works —$75,000 — To continue to support YouthWorks, a program infusing cultural traditions of dance and music with positive youth development within the Cody Rouge neighborhood.
Living Arts —$50,000 —To support Youth Success through Arts, an afterschool and summer youth development program with classes in dance and visual, performing, and media arts that will be conducted at two locations in Southwest Detroit.
Matrix Theatre Company —$50,000 — To support School of Theatre, a comprehensive creative artistic program that delivers rigorous art principles to help 500 students in the Southwest, Chadsey Condon, Osborn, and Cody Rouge neighborhoods.
Midnight Golf Program —$75,000 —To continue to support a high-quality youth development program that uses the game of golf as a vehicle for promoting and supporting academic achievement and college preparation for youth.
Southwest Detroit Business Association —$50,000 —To continue to support the Center of Music & Performing Arts Southwest (COMPAS) for high-quality performing arts training for children and youth in Southwest Detroit.
Wellspring —$75,000 —To continue to support delivery of an enhanced academic and youth development program that builds on the long-established Kumon academic curriculum and tutoring.
People's Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit —$50,000 —To support youth development programming during non-school hours for youth in and adjacent to the Delray neighborhood in Southwest Detroit.


Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to improving meaningful graduation rates in the Detroit region, so kids are ready for college, career, and life. The Foundation has assets of nearly a half-billion dollars, with an annual grants budget of $17 million. The Foundation works to achieve its goal by investing in community leadership, neighborhoods, safety initiatives, high-quality schools, social innovation, and youth development