Introducing The Skillman Visionary Awards

How Gen Z is Changing the Game From Strategy to Policy

Our 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference Session

On Wednesday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. The Skillman Foundation will host a session at the Mackinac Policy Conference, which will be live streamed on the Detroit Regional Chamber’s website.

Our President & CEO Angelique Power will moderate a conversation with three panelists: Imani Harris, youth education activist and communications lead of 482Forward; Evamelo Oleita, youth organizer, co-founder of Black Lives Matter In All Capacities and Skillman Foundation President’s Youth Council Member; and Joe Tate, Michigan’s first Black Speaker of the House who represents the diverse 10th House District.

The hour-long session will highlight stories from the past year in which young people have helped shaped strategies across Michigan’s government, business, and social sectors. The bulk of the conversation will be focused on Generation Z’s ideas and potential influence on education policy and how Michigan leaders can link arms to move toward the future they, and we, deserve.

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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