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Who Will Lead Detroit

Our 2017 Annual Report features stories and artwork by inspiring Detroit youth as well as adult contributors who came up through the city’s public schools.

The publication also highlights community members who live day in and day out for Detroit kids and provides information about the Foundation’s grantmaking and changemaking efforts.

2017 Annual Report Cover

A Letter to Detroit youth

What up doe? I see you, Detroit youth.

From the east side to the west side, your light shines. Your grind is admirable. Your swagger is in a league of its own.

Yes, we have mad love for Detroit youth. Find out how much in a letter from our President & CEO, Tonya Allen.  

Boy sitting on top of playscape

How Are The Children?

What is your ‘why’? 

Knowing the answer to this question makes life is that much more meaningful, purposeful and rewarding. 

Our team lays out its “why” with How Are The Children? 

Photos of Detroiters who represent the heart of Detroit


50 People

Who Represent

the Heart of Detroit

Who comes to mind when you think about people who champion Detroit kids?

We posed this question to dozens of Detroiters, compiling an extraordinary list of people representing a wide range of communities, backgrounds, and ages. We asked each of these nominees to share their aspiration for Detroit youth and what they’re doing to help make it a reality. What we heard back was an inspiring testament to the love our city holds for its kids.

Detroit From My Bike Seat

Detroit. Has. Talent.

If you’ve read the poetry of Imani Nichele, you already know.

Imani Nichele, 2018 Detroit Youth Poet Laureate, shares her experience of growing up in Detroit in this piece commissioned by The Skillman Foundation. 

An Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children

Detroit is a place of remarkable hustle and opportunity, where driven people with great ideas can find success, impact, even celebrity.

But it will only live up to its promise if every child growing up within its borders can connect to its greatest possibilities.

Learn how the Foundation’s Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children is working to ensure youth have a lead role in the city’s recovery.

How will you create opportunity for young people of color in Detroit?

Community members who put for their answer to this question are in the running to receive $50,000 to bring their idea to life. Six ideas will be selected in early 2019. Be there to cast your vote!

CODY ROUGE:

A Community with Heart and Impact

Hard work–and heart work–are transforming Cody Rouge.

Kenyetta Campbell of the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance shares highlights from the past 10 years of resident-led action in the west side neighborhood.  

The Greatest Story Never Told

We’ve been obsessed with Xavier Cuevas’ art ever since seeing him deliver a spoken word performance in 2017. From poetry to videography and photography, this young man brings it. Check out his poem and photography in this piece commissioned by The Skillman Foundation. 

Our 2017 Grantmaking

In 2017, The Skillman Foundation launched a new strategy for our grant- and change-making efforts. See examples of the investments we’re making within our new impact areas: Education, Equity and Economy.