Foundation adds youth development expert to education team

Terry Whitfield has joined the Skillman Foundation as a program officer, supporting the Foundation’s education work. Whitfield brings more than a decade of experience in youth development (out-of-school programs for youth) and parent engagement, focusing on diverse populations and communities. Most recently, Whitfield served as a project coordinator for Southwest Counseling Solutions’ Partnership for Youth. In this position, Whitfield helped to strengthen and expand high-quality afterschool programs in Detroit’s Chadsey Condon and Southwest neighborhoods.

“Terry’s enthusiasm for youth and his experience in helping parents, community groups and youth-serving organizations champion children’s academic success makes him a real asset to the Foundation as well as to our city’s children,” said John Ziraldo, vice president of program and policy for the Skillman Foundation.

Whitfield is also a member of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit School Children, serving on its attendance and chronic absenteeism leadership team. He is a board member of the Michigan Afterschool Association, a statewide organization dedicated to building a field of professionals that develop and promote quality out-of-school-time programs for youth, and is a member of 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, a group working to improve the quality of life in the African American community.

Whitfield has a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in youth development from Michigan State University.

A voice for children since 1960, the Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy with assets of nearly a half-billion dollars and annual grant budgets of $15-17 million. The Foundation supports quality educational and economic opportunities for Detroit children and equitable civic action that champions the city’s youth.

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