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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Detroit 4th Grader Inspires New “Let’s Be Thankful” Float for America’s Thanksgiving Parade

The winning design of the 2018 Skillman Foundation Float Design Contest

by: The Skillman Foundation | Nov. 19th, 2018 The Parade Company and The Skillman Foundation announced the winner of the 27th Annual Skillman Foundation’s Float Design Contest for America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. Fourth grade student Karayna Wayne from Weston Prep Academy was joined by her family, teachers and school administrators as her winning […]

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Upswell Podcast Episode 8: Delphia Simmons & Mike Alvidrez

Upswell Podcast Episode 8

by: Upswell 2018 | Nov. 12th, 2018 Homelessness is among the most difficult and heartbreaking issues facing society today. On Episode 8 of the Upswell Podcast, we tackle this intractable challenge with two changemakers whose organizations are taking on the complexities of homelessness and making headway, slowly but surely. First we’ll talk with Delphia Simmons, […]

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19 Collaborative Efforts Building Opportunity for Detroit Kids

Participants from Detroit Horse Power participate in a group discussion

by: William Sexton | Nov. 12th, 2018 Ninteen organizations have been selected to receive funding as part of The Skillman Foundation’s Call for Collaborations, a unique grant opportunity that called on organizations applying for funding to do so in partnership with at least one other entity. Partnerships could be between nonprofits, schools, government agencies or […]

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Renewing Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

by: Tonya Allen | Nov. 7th, 2018 Conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are becoming increasingly important to the future of our nation, especially here in Detroit. As our city continues its resurgence, the only way to maintain sustainable growth will be to create an inclusive Detroit where all residents feel connected, included and […]

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If You Dream It, We Will Build It

by: | Nov. 5th, 2018 Hundreds of community members volunteered to assemble a state-of-the-art, 10,000 square foot playground in Detroit’s Cody Rouge neighborhood.  On a rainy Saturday in late October, more than 200 people gathered in Stein Park in Cody Rouge, a neighborhood in northwest Detroit. It was the final day of a week-long effort […]

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Upswell Podcast Episode 7: Erica Page & Brittany Murrey

Upswell Podcast Episode 7

by: Upswell 2018 | Nov. 2nd, 2018 When it comes to preparing community residents to be community leaders, ensuring that they have the skillsets needed for meaningful and gainful work is a must in today’s competitive environment. And sometimes life circumstances present residents with challenges that require a little extra help to overcome employment barriers. […]

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Vote for Kids on November 6

by: David R. McGhee | Nov. 1st, 2018 A society’s strength can be measured by the well-being of its children. By that metric, Michigan is weak. In 2017, Michigan ranked 32nd in the nation for child well-being and 41st in education. That doesn’t bode well for the future of our children or our state. Fortunately, […]

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Quicken Loans Partners with Urban Alliance to Bring Flagship Youth Employment Program to Detroit

Interns working on a project

by: Urban Alliance | Nov. 1st, 2018 Urban Alliance’s expansion to Detroit championed by Quicken Loans Community Fund, The Skillman Foundation, and Bank of America Urban Alliance (UA), a national youth development nonprofit organization, is bringing its flagship youth employment model to Detroit with support from the Quicken Loans Family of Companies, who will serve as the program’s anchor employer in the city. […]

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