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Monthly Archives: June 2020

Governor Whitmer Releases MI Safe Schools Roadmap, Directs School Districts to Develop Return to School Plans

by: State of Michigan | Jun. 30th, 2020 Roadmap includes guidance on PPE, hygiene and cleaning protocols, athletics, and more  LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap, a comprehensive document to help districts create local plans for in-person learning in the fall. The Roadmap outlines a […]

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Detroit Coalition Launches Springboard Collaborative’s Family-Based Literacy Program for Thousands of Children Learning at Home

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jun. 30th, 2020 Read the original release from GreenLight Fund. GreenLight Fund Detroit’s third social investment leads a $3 million commitment to improve grade-level reading with structured family engagement. Detroit, MI – A citywide partnership led by GreenLight Fund brings national nonprofit Springboard Collaborative’s family-based literacy program to Detroit. GreenLight’s multi-year […]

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60 Examples of Detroit Genius: 11-20

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jun. 21st, 2020 Detroit youth possess genius. Their talent comes in all forms: academics, arts, sports, service to the community, and more. To celebrate Detroit genius, we asked the community-at-large to let us know of young people who astonish and inspire. Here, we highlight honorees 11 through 20. Brenda Taylor […]

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Detroit 21 pens love letter to city

by: | Jun. 12th, 2020 This piece originally appeared in Bridge Detroit a non-profit news and engagement organization that is laser-focused on lifting up the issues that Detroiters themselves identify as important to their lives. View the original post. Beloved Detroit: There are moments in history that cause things to change. The murder of Emmett […]

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“We Must be in It for the Long Haul”: Black Foundation Executives Request Action by Philanthropy on Anti-Black Racism

by: | Jun. 12th, 2020 “We are managing a pandemic within a pandemic. Police brutality is a scourge, it is a pandemic. The pre-existing condition before COVID, and it still exists, is racism.” —Representative Ayanna Pressley The Skillman Foundation president and CEO Tonya Allen is a co-signer of this letter from ABFE. View the letter […]

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Governor Whitmer Appoints Educators, Parents, Students to COVID-19 Return to School Advisory Council

by: | Jun. 10th, 2020 This release originally was originally posted on Governor Whitmer’s website. View the original post. LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced a group of 25 leaders in health care and education to serve on the COVID-19 return to learn advisory council. The group of experts includes educators, parents, and students […]

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60 Examples of Detroit Genius: 1-10

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jun. 8th, 2020 Detroit youth possess genius. Their talent comes in all forms: academics, arts, sports, service to the community, and more. To celebrate Detroit genius, we asked the community-at-large to let us know of young people who astonish and inspire. Here, we highlight the first ten honorees. Aaron Goodson […]

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60 Examples of Detroit Genius

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by: The Skillman Foundation | Jun. 5th, 2020 Detroit youth possess genius. Their talent comes in all forms: academics, arts, sports, service to the community, and more. To celebrate Detroit genius, we asked the community-at-large to let us know of young people who astonish and inspire. Here are just a few of our incredible honorees: […]

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A Prayer for U.S.

Wayne State Detroit schools report

by: Tonya Allen | Jun. 3rd, 2020 Everyone,  I have been thinking a lot about the message I wanted to send to you regarding George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor’s murders. These three recent acts, in a long line of brutality against black men and women, had me personally overwhelmed with grief, anger, impatience, and urgency. I didn’t want to compose a statement—well constructed […]

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The Skillman Foundation partners with Catchafire to Support 200 Organizations

by: The Skillman Foundation | Jun. 1st, 2020 The Skillman Foundation is thrilled to partner with Catchafire to bring time-sensitive, virtual operational support to 200 youth-serving organizations in Detroit. Through this partnership, invited nonprofits will have access to virtual, skills-based volunteers, empowering them to address COVID-19 crisis response and recovery needs in the short term […]

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