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Monthly Archives: May 2019

Launch Michigan co-chairs, legislative quadrant join together urging continued progress on boosting educational achievement for Michigan’s students

by: Launch Michigan | May. 30th, 2019 Legislature asks for policy recommendations by Dec. 1 Michigan’s legislative leaders today publicly joined Launch Michigan co-chairs to demonstrate their ongoing support for the work being done to improve the state’s preK-12 educational performance. Following a main stage panel titled The Education Crisis: Michigan’s Response (panel starts at 50 minute […]

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Afterschool programs are an investment in Michigan’s future

by: Tonya Allen | May. 30th, 2019 This op-ed was originally published in The Detroit News. There’s a long overdue conversation happening in Michigan right now about how to revive our state’s education system to better enable our children to compete for and create the jobs of the future. That conversation must include how we […]

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The Importance of Heritage, Language, and Family

by: Sara Plachta Elliott | May. 20th, 2019 For me, growing up in Detroit has always been pretty cool. I was born here and have gone to school in the city my whole life. Throughout this experience, one of the most important parts of growing up has been my Hispanic heritage and being bilingual. At […]

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Ready Students, Ready Communities

Student works with volunteer at afterschool program

by: The Skillman Foundation | May. 15th, 2019 Afterschool programs offer a range of benefits to youth, families, and communities including stronger academic performance, physical health, and employability. Our session at the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference will explore the role afterschool programs play in ensuring youth and their communities are on a path to prosperity. […]

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About The Skillman Foundation

Volunteer and child interact at a summer youth program

by: The Skillman Foundation | May. 10th, 2019 When you really love a child, you want them to have all the opportunities in the world. The Skillman Foundation loves the children of Detroit. Since 1960, we have been a fierce champion for Detroit kids, striving to ensure they have equitable opportunities to learn and to […]

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DCAN Launches New Grant Program For Middle and High Schools

Detroit College Access Network logo

by: Detroit College Access Network | May. 9th, 2019 With support from the Skillman Foundation, the Detroit College Access Network launched the College Bound Detroit grants for middle and high schools in Detroit. The College Bound Detroit Grants program mimic Michigan College Access Network’s Reach Higher grants. The goal of the grant is to support […]

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How Persistence Helped Me Achieve My College Dreams

by: Tyler Patterson | May. 6th, 2019 Sometimes when people are struggling and feel as if all hope is lost, they choose to give up. For the past few months I have been feeling as if I were lost – in fact, I felt as if I were going through one of the toughest challenges […]

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