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Category Archives: Youth Voices

The Skillman Foundation Launches President’s Youth Council

by: The Skillman Foundation | Mar. 2nd, 2021 This post was originally published by the Council of Michigan Foundations. Read the original post. To further engage youth voice in its grantmaking and change-making strategies, The Skillman Foundation launched its first-ever President’s Youth Council. Council members work with the foundation leadership to discuss issues that are important to them and […]

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Students, we want to know your challenges, fears, ideas

by: The Skillman Foundation | Apr. 2nd, 2020 Today, Governor Whitmer announced that Michigan schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Students and recent grads: What are your thoughts, questions, and concerns? What do you think the future of education should look like? We’re asking students and young adults to share […]

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Why Funding Matters

by: Wally Aldeen Alhomaidi | Nov. 7th, 2019 This post originally appeared on Our Kids Detroit Students’ Blog. Read the original post here. Check out the first vlog by Wally Aldeen Alhomaidi from the 482Youth group of 482Forward, “Why Funding Matters” about school funding. 482Forward is a citywide education organizing network in Detroit. “We are neighborhood organizations, parents, and youth committed to […]

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Successful Despite…

by: Imani Harris | Oct. 30th, 2019 This post originally appeared on Our Kids Detroit Students’ Blog, supported by The Skillman Foundation. Read the original post here. My first year of college was…a rough ride. I had just graduated from my city’s number one school, and all of a sudden I was attending a top ten university. My […]

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Engaging Youth in Dialogue and Decision Making

by: Natalie Fotias | Mar. 29th, 2019 How Adults Can Help Young People Amplify Their Voice Adults should spend more time listening to kids. Too often decisions are made that impact the lives and futures of youth on a grand scale without taking the time to listen to their perspectives and insights. Young people are […]

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Why I Organize

by: Naja Nile | Mar. 11th, 2019 This blog was originally posted by Our Kids. View the original publication here.  If you’ve ever attended a public school, I doubt you’d call it perfect. I’m Naja and I’m a product of Detroit’s public school system. I know firsthand what it’s like to be in a class of […]

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Three Life Lessons I’ve Learned from Basketball

by: | Mar. 7th, 2019 Basketball has always been a huge part of my life. I started playing six years ago and as I got older, I began to put a lot of time and effort in working out and practicing so that I could improve my game. All of this hard work became even […]

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Keep Moving Forward: What I Learned from Detroit Youth Rising

by: Tyler Patterson | Feb. 4th, 2019 I recently had one of the most motivating and empowering experiences of my life. I was invited to attend the Detroit Youth Rising event in downtown Detroit. The evening featured a fireside chat between Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and Vista Equities founder Robert Smith, reportedly the richest African-American. […]

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Detroit Celebrates Summer Learning Day 2018

Student on summer learning material with Wellspring tutor

by: William Sexton | Jul. 19th, 2018 On July 12th, cities across the country, including Detroit, celebrated National Summer Learning Day, a nation-wide effort to spread the importance of keeping kids safe, healthy and learning during the summer months. While summer is traditionally thought of as a time for outdoor fun, vacations and the absence […]

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Experiencing Detroit Through The Eyes of Its Youth

by: William Sexton | Sep. 25th, 2017 The best way to experience Detroit is to see it through the eyes of its youth. That is the central focus of Our Town, a youth led tour program powered by Atlantic Impact. Founded in 2016, the organization provides young Detroiters with an opportunity to share their city with […]

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How Sharing Experiences Are Helping to Ease Shared Sentences

by: William Sexton | Sep. 25th, 2017 For many kids, Saturday mornings are for sleeping in, cartoons, or early morning sports practice. But for a small group of young men gathered at Detroit’s Northwest Activity Center, Saturdays mornings mean much more. “It makes me feel sad and mad sometimes. I just feel frustrated that he’s […]

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Coding a Future for Detroit Youth

by: William Sexton | Sep. 25th, 2017 Today’s tech industry is booming, and Detroit is at the forefront of job growth in the field. But amid all the excitement, many are questioning how accessible these career opportunities are for city residents, especially youth. Enter JOURNi, a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping young people with the tools […]

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Creating Culture and Community for Young Detroit Artists

by: William Sexton | Sep. 25th, 2017 “Here, I’m learning how to become myself and talk about what I see and experience on a day-to-day basis,” Yeury said confidently. It’s a Friday afternoon and the young community organizer is seated at workstation filled with computer monitors, headphones and camera parts. Surrounding him are the fellow […]

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Youth Council Helps Build Benches, Community

by: William Sexton | Aug. 25th, 2017 When one thinks of neighborhood essentials, bus benches may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But for the Cody Rouge Community Youth Council, it is the small things in a community that can make the most difference. Meet Sherrod, Jai’la and Dehvin, three members of the […]

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Detroit student fights for equal education

by: Diego Navarrete | Feb. 1st, 2017 My parents came to the United States, almost two decades ago, in pursuit of better educational opportunities for their children. They envisioned an educational system that would provide us with the necessary resources to succeed in this country. They pictured a system different than Mexico’s, where only the […]

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