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Youth Council take the stage at 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference

On Wednesday, June 1, Foundation President & CEO Angelique Power moderated a conversation at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference with three members of The Skillman Foundation’s Youth Council: Jeremiah Steen, Mohammad Muntakim, and Logan Newman. The session was entitled, “The Vision of Youth: Engaging Gen Z in Future Building.”  

It was the first time—in the conference’s history—that youth will not only be in attendance but will be center stage and part of the conversation at Michigan’s most influential policy event.   

The world has changed dramatically over the past two years, and ready or not, organizations and systems must change too. How do we get ready? Center young people.  

Bringing young people into strategic planning ensures a future-forward vision; young people are tomorrow’s workforce, clients, customers, and leaders. And most importantly, young people are powerful, visionary, and different from industry leaders today.  

The session discussed the defining characteristics of Gen Z, how adults can successfully engage young people in strategic planning, and what youth-driven agendas could look like—and accomplish—for the state of Michigan.  

Watch the session:

Michigan leaders: Let us connect you with young visionaries. Take part in a youth listening session designed around an issue you’re wrestling with. Get started 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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