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100 Civic Leaders Gather for Detroit Out-of-School Time Leadership Forum

On Friday, March 9, the Skillman Foundation, Detroit Youth Development Resource Center, and American Youth Policy Forum hosted an Out-of-School Time Leadership Forum in Detroit. More than 100 participants representing afterschool providers, educational leaders, and philanthropy, engaged in conversation centered around the creation of a coordinated system of afterschool and summer learning opportunities that would allow for all Detroit youth to participate in high-quality youth development experiences.

Leaders from Boston (Boston Afterschool and Beyond), Chicago (Afterschool Matters), and Washington DC (Forum for Youth Investment), participated in a panel discussion in the morning, sharing lessons learned from efforts in their respective cities.

The event resulted in the creation of a table of community stakeholders who, over the next six months, will engage various youth development systems from across the country with the charge of providing a set of recommendations for a coordinated system of afterschool and summer learning opportunities that would effectively improve outcomes for Detroit children.

The Skillman Foundation

A voice for children since 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy that serves as a fierce champion of Detroit children. The Foundation works to ensure Detroit youth achieve their highest aspirations by strengthening K-12 public education, afterschool learning opportunities, and college and career pathways.

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