Introducing The Skillman Visionary Awards
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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

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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