2020 BMe Community Vanguard Fellows
Detroit residents—and their voices—are strong. Detroiters have played an instrumental role in shaping culture in their city, country, and world.
But too often, their voices are missing from the forefront of shaping the policies, practices, and systems that impact their lives and communities.
To help deepen the bench of Detroiters who help shape the narrative and lead positive change in the best interests of the city’s children, we partnered with BMe Community to create the Skillman BMe Vanguard Fellowship in 2019. BMe Community cultivates a national network of Black leaders and innovators to reimagine a future that is better for all. It facilitates workshops, seminars, and fellowships aimed at helping leaders address root causes of tour country’s most pressing systemic problems. BMe
Community’s programming is sought after by the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations as well as Fortune 100 businesses that are committed to elevating Black leadership.
During the course of the fellowship, experts in race, culture, public policy, social innovation, and media help cohort members develop a deeper understanding of the history and current context of issues they are working to resolve as well as the skills needed to drive narrative change and mobilize a diversity of people.
Fellows graduate better equipped to drive narratives about Detroit—shifting dominant perceptions of what is and what can be—and lead systemic change that champions children and acknowledges the power of their voices now. They acquire new knowledge, skills, and most importantly, close connections with leaders from Detroit and across the nation who are influencing the trajectory of their communities.
2020 Skillman BMe Vanguard Fellows
Engagement Director, BridgeDetroit
Executive Director, Building Community Value
President & CEO, Ladies Entrepreneur Empowerment Circle
President & Founder, Encourage Me I Am Young, Inc.
AfroUrbanist, Strategist, and Community Developer, Deep Dive Detroit
Program Officer, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Damarqio “DK” Williams
Founder, Detroit Father
Executive Director, Ecoworks Detroit
Founder & Executive Director, Redefining Beauty, Inc.
Founder & Director, Northwest Gallery of Art
Consultant, The Johns Hopkins Health System
Founder & CEO, Detroit Phoenix Center
Senior Program Officer, The Skillman Foundation
Community Leader, Maintaining A Neighborhood Network