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Monthly Archives: December 2019

11 College Bound Detroit Schools Selected, Begin Implementation

by: Ashley Aidenbaum | Dec. 30th, 2019 The Skillman Foundation funded the Detroit College Access Network (DCAN) to launch the College Bound Detroit program, which is working with counselors in 10 schools to develop and implement a data-driven strategy to increase postsecondary success and access. We believe that school counselors have more potential to champion […]

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Restorative Practices Expand to Reform School Discipline

by: Matthew Hoerauf | Dec. 29th, 2019 Across the nation, restorative practices have proven to be effective in lowering suspensions and expulsions in school districts. The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has agreed to invest in restorative practices to make similar changes in practice, climate, and culture. The Skillman Foundation is supporting partners to […]

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Every School Day Counts Detroit Expands to Address Chronic Absence across Detroit

by: Matthew Hoerauf | Dec. 28th, 2019 Every School Day Counts Detroit (ESDC-D) is a community-driven network of neighborhood-based organizations working to support a school-going culture through efforts focused on data and research, wrap-around supports, messaging, professional development, and technical assistance on best practices that reduce chronic absenteeism across Detroit. In 2019, the group worked […]

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Data Show Decrease in Violence in Detroit’s 48205 Zip Code

by: Matthew Hoerauf | Dec. 27th, 2019 Detroit’s 48205 zip code has for many years been one of highest crime rate zip codes in the nation. New data, though, show promise. According to Detroit police statistics, homicides in the zip code fell from 42 in 2011 to 21 in 2018. During that same time, robberies […]

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Over $1M in Mini-Grants Deployed for 2020 Census

by: The Skillman Foundation | Dec. 26th, 2019 Statewide, over $1M in mini-grants ($435,000 in Detroit to many of The Skillman Foundation’s grant partners) has been deployed to educate residents and students about the Census and participation in historically underserved communities. Michigan Nonprofit Association has been working closely with the US Census Bureau, along with […]

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DERP Releases Report on Persistently Present Students

by: The Skillman Foundation | Dec. 24th, 2019 The Detroit Education Research Partnership (DERP) at Wayne State University released a study on the attendance patterns of “chronic attenders.” “Chronic attenders,” as defined in DERP’s study, are Detroit students with attendance rates of 80% or higher during the 2018-19 school year. Per the report, “High attending […]

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­­2019: A Year of Radical Love

by: Tonya Allen | Dec. 23rd, 2019 As I reflect on 2019, one phrase rises to the top, a summary of my aspirations and my commitment to our children: Radical Love. “Radical” is to champion significant social change. “Love” is to act in favor of others, for the betterment of people. Radical love in Detroit […]

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The Skillman Foundation Opens Afterschool and Summer Program Request for Proposals this Month

by: The Skillman Foundation | Dec. 6th, 2019 DETROIT – The Skillman Foundation has opened a Request for Proposals (RFP) in December 2019 through January 29, 2020 for its 2020 Call For Collaboration grants for Detroit youth-serving organizations.  Those working in or with afterschool program providers, schools, community centers, parks and recreation, libraries, churches, colleges/universities, or other youth-serving […]

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Poverty Solutions finds Undercount of Homeless Kids in Detroit, Across Michigan

by: Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan | Dec. 3rd, 2019 New referral system between Detroit shelters, schools aims to better serve homeless students This story was originally written by Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan. To read the original post, click here. DETROIT — It’s below freezing outside on a gray November […]

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