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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Help Shape the Future of the Nonprofit Sector

by: | Jan. 26th, 2018 In Detroit, we have many nonprofits doing amazing work for our community particularly for the children we serve. As a funder, I want to do what is best for our grant partners on the ground doing the work and want to support them in the best way I can. One of […]

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Insights from a Chief Storyteller

by: Natalie Fotias | Jan. 22nd, 2018 Established journalist and former editor of BLAC Magazine, Aaron Foley, was hired by the City of Detroit to share stories of the people who make up the fabric of Detroit’s neighborhoods. Foley has spent the past year building a team and launching The Neighborhoods on web and cable. He’ll join us […]

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School Finance Research Collaborative announces findings of comprehensive school funding study

by: | Jan. 17th, 2018 Michigan businesses, education experts partner to provide historic analysis of school funding data, tools for school funding reform Top business and education experts today announced the results from a comprehensive statewide study examining school funding in Michigan – an analysis that clearly demonstrates the need to reform Michigan’s school funding […]

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Leading Detroit: Angela Reyes of Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

by: Francis Cruz-Aldrett | Jan. 15th, 2018 Tired of burying children, Angela Reyes became a community leader by organizing youth programs. Reyes vividly remembers going to the funerals of young people close to her every other week. “It was traumatic for me as a mother, it was traumatic for the community,” said Reyes. “Sometimes kids […]

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Detroit: The Spirit of Community

by: International Institute for Restorative Practices | Jan. 15th, 2018 Individuals are taking charge of their community, as restorative practices takes root in Detroit. The IIRP is collaborating with the nonprofit Black Family Development, Inc. to improve the lives of Detroit’s families and children. The project, “Toward a Restorative City: Focus on Schools and Sustainability […]

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New Online Tool Gives Parents Access to School Performance Data

by: Michigan Department of Education | Jan. 10th, 2018 Parents and other caregivers of a school-aged child now can easily find answers to these questions and many more through one user-friendly online tool. Michigan’s new Parent Dashboard for School Transparency makes it easier for parents to see many types of information about any public school in […]

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Youth Development – Our Approach

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jan. 9th, 2018 We aim to increase access to out-of-school programming for children in Detroit by galvanizing a group of youth champions to support the development of a comprehensive system that will: Set a citywide vision for youth development, addressing barriers to program participation and increasing access Create a shared […]

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Safety – Our Approach

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jan. 8th, 2018 The Skillman Foundation has worked alongside residents, grassroots safety organizations, the Detroit Police Department, Detroit school leaders, and corporate partners to improve community safety, reduce crime and blight, and establish safe routes to school. Our current work in Safety is focused on reducing the number of Detroit […]

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Community & Youth Leadership – Our Approach

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jan. 8th, 2018 Detroit residents – including youth – should have the ability to actively shape their lives, neighborhoods and communities. To this end we support: Platforms that enable community leaders to build their networks and leadership skills Pipelines for new community leaders that provide ongoing growth opportunities Opportunities for […]

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Youth Employment – Our Approach

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jan. 5th, 2018 The Skillman Foundation began working on efforts to increase employment opportunities for Detroit youth in 2008 as a response to surveys of neighborhood youth who overwhelmingly reported having few job options to obtain or aspire to. Since then, the Foundation’s investments have expanded from a small pilot project to […]

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Financial Empowerment – Our Approach

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jan. 5th, 2018 Detroit has become a popular spot for new businesses to call home. We want to ensure the city’s youth can share in the prospect of ownership. Knowing how to manage personal finances is critical to building a secure future for oneself and one’s family. In order for Detroit […]

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College & Career Pathways – Our Approach

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jan. 5th, 2018 Through this approach we aim to enhance in-school and out-of-school supports, particularly for students in grades 6-12, that provide youth with the inspiration and know-how to pursue postsecondary education and/or career options. We aim to help build a comprehensive and connected system of supports that engage young […]

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Present & Ready to Learn – Our Approach

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jan. 4th, 2018 Improvements made in Detroit schools won’t matter if students aren’t attending class. Through our Present & Ready to Learn approach, we are committed to providing supports that enable students to regularly attend school and fully engage in learning. More than half of Detroit students are chronically absent, meaning they miss […]

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Literacy & Numeracy – Our Approach

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jan. 4th, 2018 Prior to working under our current Education, Economy and Equity impact areas, the Skillman Foundation carried out a decade-long Good Neighborhoods Initiative, the last four years of which was focused on a single mega goal to increase high school graduation in six Detroit neighborhoods. Working closely with schools, […]

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