The Skillman Foundation is a steadfast supporter of afterschool programs, working to develop a high-quality afterschool system with an emphasis on reaching youth living in areas with limited services. Alongside community partners, we are building a robust system of out-of-school learning and development opportunities that allow kids to explore and expand their sense of self and the world under the guidance of caring adults.
The benefits of afterschool programs are significant—and needed most in communities that have the fewest resources. We are committed to increasing public and private funding for Detroit’s afterschool system so that every young person who wants to participate can.
Increased Public Funding for Afterschool
While Detroit’s afterschool offerings are high quality, many children lack access to them. Nationwide, an increasingly hefty price tag accompanies being on a sports team, exploring the arts, receiving tutoring help, and the like. Parents and caregivers make significant sacrifices to ensure their children can participate in afterschool activities, but not all have this ability. For every Michigan child participating in an afterschool program, three more would join if given the opportunity. By sixth grade, children of middle-class families will have spent over 4,000 more hours engaged in afterschool and summer programs than their lower income peers. We seek to increase to public and private dollars dedicated to strengthening the afterschool system.
Youth Development Resource Center
A network of hundreds of Detroit youth development providers offering afterschool or summer programs
Learning & Evaluation Reports
Strategy lead for K-12 Education. Focus areas include educational instruction and school leadership, educator talent and development, and parent engagement
Strategy lead for afterschool, including advisory support to other afterschool efforts. Focus areas include afterschool programming, community organizing, and family supports
Leads college and career access and success efforts as well as capacity building for in- and out-of-school efforts
Provides strategic support across the program team and Opportunity Agenda, supporting planning, alignment, measurement, and collaboration across Foundation units
Supports the Foundation’s College & Career Pathways and Youth Voice work.