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Monthly Archives: October 2021

What’s Hope got to do with it? Everything.

by: Andrea Anderson, PhD | Oct. 14th, 2021 The Skillman Foundation’s Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children is grounded in three key metrics: third-grade reading proficiency, meaningful high-school graduation, and youth perceptions of hope and opportunity. Since launching the Opportunity Agenda, we have tracked two of the three metrics through indicators like MSTEP and SAT scores […]

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1,000+ Detroit K-8 students served via Safe Space Fund

by: | Oct. 13th, 2021 In anticipation of a heightened need for safe spaces and high-quality programming both during the school year and summer, The Skillman Foundation partnered with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan in early 2021 to establish a Safe Space Fund. Through this fund, UWSEM awarded $500,000 in The Skillman Foundation grant […]

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Research on Detroit student homelessness shapes critical changes

by: Matthew Hoerauf | Oct. 13th, 2021 In 2019 and 2020, The Skillman Foundation made a $100,000 investment, matched by the McGregor Fund, to University of Michigan – Poverty Solutions for researcher Jennifer Erb-Downward to create a report of the true number of students experiencing homelessness in Detroit, key barriers they encounter and recommended actions […]

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20 Black school leaders join inaugural Detroit principal wellness fellowship

by: Carmen Kennedy-Rogers | Oct. 13th, 2021 With funding from The Skillman Foundation, the inaugural Principal Wellness Professional Learning Community (PWPLC) launched on August 23, 2021. The learning community, a component of the Foundation’s Wellness Works initiative, is a unique learning community because of its focus on creating a safe space for Black school leaders […]

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Annual Report 2020

by: The Skillman Foundation | Oct. 12th, 2021 » How Are The Children? « The Skillman Foundation was founded with the mission to help children thrive and excel into adulthood. Supporting this mission means we constantly seek to understand the factors that stand in the way of young people’s happiness and prosperity. When the pandemic […]

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Father & son work together on “Mentoring Manhood”

by: Natalie Fotias | Oct. 8th, 2021 Collaboration was a key theme in our 2020 annual report—the myriad of people, organizations, and institutions who come together to care for children. At the center of that support system is the relationship between child and parent. As I pondered how to tell this story, a father-son duo […]

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Afterschool Providers Put It All on the Line for Kids

by: Mark Navarro | Oct. 8th, 2021 When the pandemic broke, one thing was certain: kids needed support more than ever. Afterschool providers quickly stepped in to fill gaps and maintain connections with kids. For some this meant quickly moving their programming online. For others it meant providing a safe and nurturing space for children […]

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Let’s Talk: What’s Hope got to do with it?

by: The Skillman Foundation | Oct. 6th, 2021 Monday, October 184:30 P.M. Eastern The Skillman Foundation conducted a survey in 2020 to gauge how hopeful and in control Detroit youth feel about their future. Overall, a majority of youth expressed feeling powerful and ready—though there were some dimensions that suggested potential factors in how strongly […]

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Funding Opportunity: Wellness for Detroit Schools

by: Ashlee Schmidt | Oct. 4th, 2021 Over the past two school years, young people and their champions have said that their personal wellness is in a fragile state. We know that this has affected school communities – including students, staff, and families – on many levels. School leaders deeply understand the needs of and […]

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Detroiters search for missing students

by: Natalie Fotias | Oct. 4th, 2021 The fall of 2020 was a back-to-school season like no other. It had been nearly six months since the COVID-19 pandemic had altered our daily ways of life, including shuttering schools. Few children returned to the classroom that fall, with the majority of school districts and parents opting […]

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