Second Boys of Color symposium focuses on Latino community

DETROIT – The Skillman Foundation revisited the dire plight of today’s Black and Brown boys of Detroit when it hosts its second Boys of Color: Perilous Times symposium on July 16.

The scheduled program focused specifically on the Latino community because – as in the African-American community – Detroit’s Latino/Hispanic young men are also in a crisis of epic proportions. The first of a series of community conversations centered around ideas and ways in which the community can help to remove some of the obstacles facing Latino/Hispanic males in the city.

Spearheaded by The Skillman Foundation and following the success of the first Boys of Color symposium held last November, a solid collaboration of Latino organizations, foundations and colleges has joined forces to peer into the lives of this demographic. Participants will have the chance to discuss critical issues of incarceration, education attainment, employment and the impact of immigration, among other things, to identify ways to clear the path for success.

Skillman Foundation Program Officer Robert Thornton has been at the forefront of the Foundation’s initiative to highlight and solve the issues surrounding this crisis.

“I think that what we are attempting to do by lifting up this work and investing in it is to initiate a clarion call to action, for the community to become engaged and supportive, with an urgency like never before,” says Thornton. “We are committed to staying the course.”

The all-day event was held at Wayne County Community College District’s downtown campus.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods –Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody Rouge, Chadsey Condon, Northend Central Woodward and Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.