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Monthly Archives: November 2020

Unite against the pandemic—and not against each other

by: Tonya Allen | Nov. 24th, 2020 This letter originally appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business. Read the original posting. We, the undersigned, representing a diverse group of women business leaders in Michigan, urge all our citizens, including our elected officials, to commit to following scientific guidance as we face a surge of COVID-19 cases in […]

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The Skillman Foundation & The Parade Company Announce the Winner of the 29th Annual Skillman Foundation Float Design Contest

29th Annual Skillman Foundation Float Design Contest

by: The Skillman Foundation | Nov. 23rd, 2020 “The Genius of Children” Float Designed by Bates Academy 8th Grader to Debut in America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Gardner-White The Skillman Foundation and The Parade Company today announced 8th grader John Baker IV, student at Bates Academy in Detroit, as the grand prize winner of the […]

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2020 BMe Community Vanguard Fellows

Skillman BMe Vanguard Fellows 2020 logo

by: Kumar Raj | Nov. 20th, 2020 Detroit residents—and their voices—are strong. Detroiters have played an instrumental role in shaping culture in their city, country, and world. But too often, their voices are missing from the forefront of shaping the policies, practices, and systems that impact their lives and communities. ITo help deepen the bench […]

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Our community wants Wayne kids to win

Wayne Kids Win logo with kids jumping

by: The Skillman Foundation | Nov. 18th, 2020 A Wayne Kids Win! ballot proposal didn’t move in 2020, but paves the way for future efforts  Our grant and changemaking strategies under the Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children seek to drive change on three primary indicators: third-grade reading proficiency, meaningful high school graduation, and funding for Detroit’s afterschool system.   We selected these measures as they are critical […]

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A house divided cannot stand

by: Tonya Allen | Nov. 9th, 2020 The narrative we have bombarded ourselves with is that we are a country that’s highly divided; that there are two opposing sides as to who we are and what we want for our future.   As election ballots were processed, tallies starkly displayed a combative “red versus blue.” Political pundits pit whole groups of people as for this or against that based on exit polls. “Black women are fighting for ‘X’.” […]

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