Third class receives Promising Youth Legacy Awards

DETROIT – The Coleman A. Young Foundation has announced 10 Detroit high school students who have won the 2013 Skillman Promising Youth Legacy Awards.

These college scholarships pay promising students up to $10,000. The program began in 2011 to celebrate The Skillman Foundation’s 50th anniversary. In that year, 50 college and high school students from across metro Detroit were selected. Last spring, the Foundation decided to extend the program, and another 10 students were added to the roster. This is the third overall class of awardees.

The awards go to juniors and seniors who reside in one of the Foundation’s six focus neighborhoods. To be eligible for the Promising Youth Legacy Awards, youth must be nominated by a nonprofit, community-based, faith-based, social service or school organization.

The winners this year:

  • Senior Mutakabbir Muhammad, Brightmoor, nominated by his high school, Davis Aerospace Technical High School,
  • Senior Malak Aljawobaei,  Chadsey/Condon, nominated by ACCESS, attends Universal Academy
  • Senior Malik Clifton, Cody Rouge, nominated by Youth Voice, attends Cody Institute of Tech
  • Junior Materre Hall-Lecato, Cody Rouge, nominated by his high school, Davis Aerospace Technical High School
  • Senior Williamena Kwapo, Cody Rouge, nominated by Second Grace United Methodist Church, attends Cass Technical High School
  • Senior Dominique King, Northend Centrol, nominated by Oak Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church, attends Cass Technical High School
  • Senior Me’Chelle McDuffy, Northend Central, nominated by Central Detroit Christian, attends Marvin L. Winans Academy
  • Senior Danyale Dockery, Osborn, nominated by Vanguard Community Development Corporation, attends Detroit School of the Arts
  • Junior Dominque Jordan, Osborn, nominated by Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, attends Osborn College Prep
  • Senior Derrick Hedwood, Southwest Detroit, nominated by Student Conservation Association, attends Renaissance High School

The awards recognize young people as emerging leaders and as contributors in their community, ensure that Detroit and Southeastern Michigan youth attend and graduate from college, and encourage young leaders to return, serve and contribute to the revitalization of Detroit and Michigan.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to helping children in the Detroit region become better prepared for college, career and life. The Foundation currently has assets of about $430 million, with an annual grants budget of about $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.