We’re committed to expanding the opportunities young people see for themselves after high school graduation.
We work to ensure that Detroit youth are prepared for college, career, and life; That they have the supports and the opportunities needed
to follow a path of their choosing, helping to lead us all into a more prosperous and equitable future.
We also strive to support youth through learning opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. Learn more about our commitment to Education.
We're focused on two key approaches to ensure that Detroit youth benefit from and contribute to the ever-evolving economy:
College & Career Ready - Helping young people see a world of possibility for their future and have the skills, support, and pathways needed to reach their goals
Leadership Ready - Supporting efforts that help young people develop and employ leadership skills, influence civic change, and grow societal understanding of the importance of youth leadership
What's New in Economic Well-Being
This grant will support Catchafire to launch a local platform, specific for The Skillman Foundation, that will connect 200 Detroit-area youth-serving nonprofit organizations with virtual, short-term, pro-bono support. Catchafire offers nearly 300 capacity-building options, provided by a national network of more than 12 million consultants, approximately 48,000 of which are in the Detroit area. This pilot will target organizational capacity gaps in the local afterschool ecosystem, leading to improved program quality and impact for youth participants.
Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, Inc.
This grant will provide continued support to the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, Inc. (CRCAA). CRCAA is an important community partner in the Cody Rouge Partnership (CRP) and an avid childrens champion in the Cody Rouge/Warrendale neighborhood.
Wayne-Metropolitan Community Action Agency
The purpose of the project is to provide a platform and support tailored to the needs of youth ages 13-24 to develop, refine and exercise their leadership abilities. Pre-Covid Detroit in transition lacked the voice and input of youth in planning its "comeback". The impact and consequences of the changes in the city were invariably impacting the trajectory of young peoples education, opportunity and quality of life. Remaining outside the planning and decision making circles approximates a civic death and perpetuates self sabotaging behavior and hopelessness. Opportunity Youth, living at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities and conditions experience hopelessness and marginalization more profoundly and have fewer opportunities to center their needs among peers, parents, educators, lawmakers and other decision makers. The Covid-19 pandemic and post Covid-19 environment offers both increased likelihood to further marginalize opportunity youth while also providing a once in a generation chance to expand voices, needs of the most vulnerable. Invisibility, at the very least is less likely with the proper support. This project places the small grant platform and related supports in service to provide resources for youth to design projects to consider, promote and advocate for their needs and hopes in ways that are relevant to them. We hope to feature an application process with a variety of application options to appeal to a variety of abilities and strengths. Options will include video, audio, challenge, written and interview application options. We hope to properly equip adult supporters with the capacity to support youth effectively as the owners and decision makers of the project. Adult supporters will be supported in best practices via coaching by seasoned grassroots youth workers. Applications will be evaluated in a forum familiar with youth development and needs. Grantmakers will include educators, youth and grassroots youth leaders. We hope will target youth living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities and conditions. We will partner with and outreach to organizations serving opportunity youth to reach opportunity youth and support during the project. We hope youth will reach their intended audience which may include adults, educators, decision makers, etc. Technical assistance and capacity building with adult supporters in expected to assist youth with designing activities to reach their targeted audience
Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency d/b/a Michigan Center for Youth Justice
This grant will provide general operating support to the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency d/b/a Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ) to assess juvenile justice gains made amid the virus crisis and continue to chart a path toward juvenile justice reform by strengthening its internal operations and in collaboration with other organizations.
Urban Alliance Foundation, Inc.
This grant continues support of Urban Alliance (UA)s work in Detroit with the High School Internship Program (HSIP). This year-long experience, in conjunction with schools and employers, is a paid, professional internship which includes mentorship, case management, professional skills training and connection to nationwide alumni network.
The Michigan Hispanic Collaborative
This grant will allow the Michigan Hispanic Collaborative (MiHC, formerly El Lasso) to continue building a college-going culture and providing support for students in southwest Detroit through deep partnerships with Cesar Chavez and Western International High Schools and the surrounding community, targeting the needs of Hispanic students and families.
Excellent Schools Detroit
(As fiduciary for Community Education Commission) Continued support for the Community Education Commission to serve multiple critical functions that enable parent-school involvement and facilitate collaboration across district and charter schools, including a pilot transportation and afterschool programming bus loop
SER Metro Detroit
To engage an employment retention specialist to provide coaching and resource connections for under-resourced youth as well as to inform youth workforce system stakeholders, including employers, how to better provide young people with the supports they need to secure and retain employment
Campaign for Black Male Achievement Inc.
Continued support to improve outcomes for Black and brown boys through the MBK Detroit Innovation Challenge, in partnership with the Foundation, and the High School Excellence Framework, in partnership with Detroit Public School Community District
Regents of the University of Michigan
Continued support to expand the nationally recognized AmeriCorps Public Allies program through the development of resident leaders with a focus on opportunity youth—17-24 year olds who are neither in school or working—and to build the capacity of agencies serving children and families in Detroit
Wayne State University
Continued support for WSU’s Center for Urban Studies and its combined implementation of Americorps Urban Safety Initiative and Youth Compstat Table—the first Compstat Table in the nation led by youth and focused on crimes by and against youth—to lead convening and implementation of a multisector safety strategy focusing on analysis, prevention, and diversion for Detroit youth
Michigan College Access Network
(As fiduciary for Detroit College Access Network) To launch innovative programs in schools that empowers counselors to drive a college going-culture in their schools, learn together as a cohort, and allow DCAN to iterate programs that can be scaled; and accelerate connections between workforce and college access efforts in Detroit
InsideOut Literary Arts Project
Continued support to provide 30-sessions of arts and leadership for 120 students in grades 8-12 at 10 sites across Detroit, in collaboration with The Neutral Zone and Detroit Creativity Project, to help youth voice their perspectives through written and spoken word
(As fiduciary for The Lawn Academy) Continued support to engage 100 Detroit youth in leadership training, mentoring, college immersion programming, and community service projects by assisting elderly, veterans, and disabled neighbors with lawn care and snow removal services at no charge
Metro Solutions Inc.
(As fiduciary for Detroit Life is Valuable Every Day) To expand hospital-based prevention and intervention programming The program has been highly successful and places violence intervention specialists in the emergency room to work directly with young victims of violent crime. The goal of Detroit Life is Valuable Everyday (DLIVE) is to help prevent acts of retaliatory violence in Detroit.
American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute
To provide Detroit youth with exposure to diverse career pathways in the advanced manufacturing sector to strengthen their academics, ignite interest in STEM fields, and provide them with hands-on training at the LIFT Learning Lab
Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
Continued support to expand the integration of financial literacy education and banking access strategies beyond Grow Detroit Young’s Talent summer program to year-round youth employment programs through collaboration between the City of Detroit, youth employment programs, and banking institutions
Detroit Crime Commission
Continued support for New Beginnings, a comprehensive citywide crime prevention strategy that uses a variety of strategic safety components including community intelligence and threat assessment, gang intervention, nuisance abatement, criminal investigations, analytic support, and case management to help youth safely disconnect from gang lifestyles
Michigan Education Excellence Foundation
This grant will provide operating and programmatic support to the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation (MEEF), which serves as a champion, fundraiser, and fiduciary for the Detroit Promise scholarship program. Grant dollars will be targeted towards outreach to students to ensure Detroit youth are part of a college-going culture, and that the cost of attendance is […]
Detroit Public Schools Foundation
This grant will continue support of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Workforce Partnership Office. The focus of the Workforce Partnership Office is to increase college and career readiness for Detroit Public Schools Community District students through expanded, strengthened, and connected career pathway education opportunities. It will begin Phase III of its plan to strengthen […]
Detroit Public Schools Foundation
This grant will support a staff position within the Detroit Public School Community District that will provide dedicated support to the Cody Rouge Initiative. This position supports schools in the Cody Rouge neighborhood to achieve Detroit Public School’s Community District’s 2020 priorities toward outstanding achievement, establishing a transformative culture, and supporting the whole child.