Our Youth Council Directed $200k to These Detroit Nonprofits

Community & Youth Leadership – Our Approach

Detroit residents – including youth – should have the ability to actively shape their lives, neighborhoods and communities. To this end we support:

  • Platforms that enable community leaders to build their networks and leadership skills
  • Pipelines for new community leaders that provide ongoing growth opportunities
  • Opportunities for young people to exercise their voice and develop leadership skills
  • Adults’ capability to support young leaders
  • Residents’ ability to collect, access, and evaluate data in order to inform and assess changemaking strategies

This approach continues the Foundation’s commitment to fostering a network of caring adults who are committed to putting children first in practice and policy.

Community & Youth Leadership is one of three approaches we’re taking to build a more equitable Detroit. Read about our other two approaches: Safety and Youth Development.

The Skillman Foundation

The Skillman Foundation is a grantmaking organization established in 1960 by Rose Skillman. We have granted out more than $730 million and have served as a vocal advocate to strengthen K-12 education, afterschool programming, child-centered neighborhoods, youth and community leadership, and racial equity and justice.

We are in the process of developing a new strategic framework, co-designed with Detroit youth and their champions.

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