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The Skillman Foundation Seeks Examples of Detroit Genius to Celebrate its 60th Anniversary

To celebrate 60 years of service, The Skillman Foundation is looking for nominations of Detroit youth for our 60 Examples of Detroit Genius social media campaign. The campaign will showcase the variety of talents possessed by young Detroiters.

“Genius” is open for interpretation. We want to show youth with amazing accomplishments of all kinds including academics, arts, sports, service to the community, and more. Nominees don’t necessarily have to have received recognition for their accomplishments; we want to feature both the sung and unsung genius of Detroit youth.

To qualify, nominees must reside in Detroit and be under 25 years old.

Nominations can be sent to Mark Navarro, communications fellow, at In your email, please include the following:

  • Nominee first and last name(s)
  • Nominee age(s)
  • What genius or talent are you nominating them for?
  • Tell us a little bit about their talent. What drives them? How has it helped them grow? What have they accomplished?
  • A photo, approved to share on social media by the youth(s) (and their parent(s) or guardian(s) if they are under 18 years old)

We will notify you in the coming months if your nominees have been selected to participate in the campaign.

See some examples of Detroit Genius that will be featured in the campaign:

Photos by Jeff Tabb

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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