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Youth Development – Our Approach

We aim to increase access to out-of-school programming for children in Detroit by galvanizing a group of youth champions to support the development of a comprehensive system that will:

  • Set a citywide vision for youth development, addressing barriers to program participation and increasing access
  • Create a shared data system to increase coordination, data collection, and outcomes
  • Create preconditions for public investment by increasing program consistency
  • Reach 75 percent of Detroit youth (ages 9-19) with high-quality youth development and employment opportunities that prepare them, socially and emotionally, to graduate high school and become economically and civically engaged young adults

Youth Development is one of three approaches we’re taking to build a more equitable Detroit. Read about our other two approaches: Community & Youth Leadership and Safety.

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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