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

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 youth felt this way, including the presence of caring adult relationships (outside of the home) and their area of residence within the city.

Dr. Andrea Anderson, director of evaluation, learning & impact for The Skillman Foundation, talked through the survey findings and ask a panel of young people—Daren Anderson, Grant Johnson, and Isabelle Maynard —about their reflections to bring greater insight to youth’s perceptions of hope and opportunity.

Watch the full conversation below.

Learn more about the survey and the results here.

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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