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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Five Tips to Strengthen Your Literacy Funding Proposal

by: Terry Whitfield | Feb. 21st, 2019 The Skillman Foundation is seeking funding proposals to support literacy programs to be delivered this summer to Detroit youth aged 9 years old and younger. Below are five tips to ensure your application is strong! Watch our informational webinar from Friday, February 22, 2019. It is a great way […]

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Request for Proposals: Detroit Summer Literacy Programs

by: The Skillman Foundation | Feb. 15th, 2019 A Request for Proposals issued today by The Skillman Foundation will make $360,000 available for programs that improve reading proficiency for Detroit students in kindergarten through fourth grade. The funding will support literacy programs delivered over the summer of 2019 by nonprofit organizations working in partnership with […]

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Introducing the Five MBK Detroit Innovation Challenge Finalists

MBK Detroit Innovation Challenge Crowd

by: The Skillman Foundation | Feb. 13th, 2019 Hundreds of Detroiters were in attendance as five new ideas to support youth of color in Detroit were awarded $50,000 each through the second My Brother’s Keeper Detroit Innovation Challenge Tuesday night at the Michigan Science Center. Twenty semifinalist teams showcased their ideas through an interactive expo, […]

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Leading for the Future

by: Tonya Allen | Feb. 11th, 2019 Originally posted in Crain’s Detroit Business here. Lately I’ve been inspired by Nelson Mandela’s quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Michigan must adopt this spirit of action. I encourage our new governor and legislative leaders to apply it courageously, first and foremost, to our education system. […]

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Holding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Forefront

by: The Skillman Foundation | Feb. 7th, 2019 It wasn’t long ago that telling an out-of-towner you were from Detroit would raise eyebrows, prompting sympathy or even repugnance. Now, Detroit is all the rage. News about a city on the rise has reached around the country and world. Burgeoning signs of economic opportunity have attracted […]

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Keep Moving Forward: What I Learned from Detroit Youth Rising

by: Tyler Patterson | Feb. 4th, 2019 I recently had one of the most motivating and empowering experiences of my life. I was invited to attend the Detroit Youth Rising event in downtown Detroit. The evening featured a fireside chat between Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and Vista Equities founder Robert Smith, reportedly the richest African-American. […]

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Launch Michigan Statewide Educator Survey Seeks Solutions From Frontlines

by: Launch Michigan | Feb. 4th, 2019 A statewide educator survey is kicking off today, gathering insights from the frontline experts in our schools about what’s needed to ensure every Michigan student succeeds. The survey is being fielded by Launch Michigan, a diverse alliance of education, labor, business and philanthropic organizations committed to establishing a […]

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