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Kids Matter Here: An Analytic Review of the 10-year Good Neighborhoods Initiative

In 2006, the Skillman Foundation set out to change conditions for Detroit kids by creating the 10-year, $120-million Good Neighborhoods Initiative. To best understand the outcomes of the long-term neighborhood-based work, we worked with a variety of evaluators, residents, stakeholders, grant partners, staff and trustees to form a series of analyses and dialogues. Together, these products make up KIDS MATTER HERE: An Analytic Review of the 10-year Good Neighborhoods Initiative.

We hope to synthesize what the decade of work has accomplished, inform our decisions going forward, and build and share knowledge locally and nationally.


Analytic Review Summary Report

Download our  Good Neighborhoods Initiative Summary Report, a comprehensive analysis of how the Good Neighborhoods Initiative evolved, what it accomplished, and what lessons it offers.

Also available for download is a 4-page Executive Summary


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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  • Otis Mathis

    The Good Neighborhood Initiative , program still available?

    • Alexa Borromeo -

      Hi Otis, the Good Neighborhoods Initiative is no longer active; however, we do still partner with many of the local organizations that were a part of it.

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