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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Who Will Lead Detroit

who will lead detroit - Skillman Foundation Annual Report 2017

by: | Dec. 14th, 2018 Our 2017 Annual Report features stories and artwork by inspiring Detroit youth as well as adult contributors who came up through the city’s public schools. The publication also highlights community members who live day in and day out for Detroit kids and provides information about the Foundation’s grantmaking and changemaking […]

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Who Will Lead Detroit

by: The Skillman Foundation | Dec. 14th, 2018 Renowned Detroit artist Sydney G. James created the cover art for our latest annual report, Who Will Lead Detroit. The artwork highlights four talented Detroit youth making an impact in the city they call home. Curtis Roach – graduate, Cass Technical High School Kennedy Smith – 10th […]

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Our 2017 Grantmaking

by: Natalie Fotias | Dec. 13th, 2018 2017 was a year of transition for The Skillman Foundation. On the heels of our Good Neighborhoods Initiative, which spanned from 2006–2016, we were embarking on our next chapter—the Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children. The Opportunity Agenda continues our efforts to improve and expand opportunities for Detroit youth […]

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The Greatest Story Never Told

Greatest Story Never Told

by: Xavier Cuevas | Dec. 13th, 2018 I’ve read enough Greek myths and livedthrough enough Devil’s Night arsonsto know that fire purifies as much as itdestroys. Kills as much as it rebirths. And I’ve seen that same fire in enoughof my friends to know thatashes aren’t the end. Or the beginning. We are not beginning. […]

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Meet Five Young Detroiters Getting Their Start in Philanthropy

by: William Sexton | Dec. 13th, 2018 When you visit The Skillman Foundation’s office, chances are you will be greeted by one of five young Detroiters who help work our front desk. These talented young people are all participants in The Skillman Foundation high school internship program, an initiative the Foundation has proudly supported in […]

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Detroit among first 10 US cities to be awarded grants from Obama Foundation

REAL Brothers Program

by: City of Detroit | Dec. 12th, 2018 • Detroit-based, City partner Black Family Development awarded $500,000 to improve quality of life among young men of color• Matching grant from The Skillman Foundation brings total award to $1 Million• Grants support intervention efforts like Project Ceasefire, Detroit’s crime reduction initiative, Restorative Practices and Joven-Noble training […]

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Cody Rouge: A Community with Heart and Impact

by: Kenyetta Campbell | Dec. 12th, 2018 Cody Rouge is home to 36,849 residents, 12,183 of whom are 18 and under. My fondest memories growing up on Detroit’s west side in Cody Rouge are sitting on the porch talking to the older adults who lived on the block and playing with my friends until the […]

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An Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children

by: Natalie Fotias | Dec. 12th, 2018 Melissa Butler (Cass Technical High School graduate) worked on Wall Street before moving home to focus on her lipstick line, The Lip Bar. She struck out with investors on the reality TV show Shark Tank, but kept grinding and created her own lane. Now, you can pop into […]

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Detroit From My Bike Seat

Detroit form my bike seat

by: Imani Nichele | Dec. 12th, 2018 We rode our bikes all over Detroit,which, then,was to the white picket fencejust past the pine tree next doorand back home again—an entire city packed into thislot of concrete meadow. We had to play in the fieldof Mama’s vision—Which was never consistent in range, especially when she would […]

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50 People Who Represent the Heart of Detroit

A photo of downtown Detroit, MI

by: Natalie Fotias | Dec. 12th, 2018 Detroit is fueled by community heroes dedicated to supporting children. In every pocket of the city, there are people nurturing and investing in our youth. From teachers and counselors, to doctors and nurses; librarians and statisticians, to mentors and artists. Some are youth themselves advocating for their peers. […]

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A Letter to Detroit Youth

by: Tonya Allen | Dec. 12th, 2018 What up doe? I see you, Detroit youth. From the east side to the west side, your light shines. Your grind is admirable. Your swagger is in a league of its own. You are humble. You are brash. You are beautiful. You are tough. And so much more… […]

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