Our Youth Council Directed $200k to These Detroit Nonprofits

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

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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