We are proud of the many efforts Detroiters lead on behalf of children and feel privileged to work alongside them. Community collaborations inform and advance the Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children.

The Skillman Foundation takes a proactive, collaborative approach to bring lasting positive change to the lives of Detroit kids. We advocate, convene, and partner on key child well-being issues. We work with partners to advance a community-informed response to these issues, using every tool at our disposal to pursue lasting change for our city’s youth.


A citywide initiative that works to ensure that all Detroit children read at grade level by third grade

BMe Vanguard Fellowship

Supports for Black leaders whose dedication to helping others has earned them the trust of their peers, coworkers, and community

Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit

A citywide process to strengthen all of our neighborhoods by building a coordinated, equitable system for community development work in Detroit

Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren

A collaborative focused on key priorities to improve the city’s system of schools

Cody Rouge Partnership

A private-public partnership focused on helping Cody Rouge, a west-side Detroit neighborhood, become a place where children and families thrive


A guide for Detroit families in response to COVID-19

Detroit Children’s Fund

A nonprofit organization that makes high-potential investments to ensure Detroit students can get a an excellent education

Detroit College Access Network

The citywide coordinating body for the college access and enrollment strategies in Detroit

Detroit Drives Degrees

A collective impact initiative to improve the talent pipeline in the Detroit region

Every School Day Counts Detroit

A program working hard to end chronic absence

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent

A developmentally appropriate summer youth employment opportunity to provide young people with valuable work experiences

Hope Starts Here

A coalition to ensure a vision to ensure that children are born healthy, prepared for kindergarten, and on track for success by third grade and beyond

Launch Michigan

A cross-section of leaders focused on improving Michigan’s K-12 education outcomes

My Brother’s Keeper Detroit

Supporting boys and young men of color so that they connect to and thrive in Detroit’s new economy

Teach 313

A collaborative to recruit and support high-quality teachers in Detroit schools

Youth Development Resource Center

A network of hundreds of Detroit youth development providers offering afterschool or summer programs