Our Work

We are in the process of developing new, community-informed strategies with Detroiters, to launch in the second half of 2024.

Our grantmaking and advocacy is shaped by the rising Generation Z and their calls to transform the education system. We’re locking arms with Detroit youth and their allies to design an education system that nurtures the genius and well-being of all students. A system of schools and out-of-school programs where young people are supported to be creative and collaborative problem solvers who forge a new destiny for us all.

To support this vision, The Skillman Foundation invests in people and policy. We support Detroit youth, educators, and community members to influence education policy and systems change. We call this our Ground Building work. And we work the flipside, cultivating a policy ecosystem that is responsive to the needs of Detroiters. This is our Policy & Systems work.

A sketch of our current strategic thinking

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