Detroit youth should have a voice in their schools, communities, and world—to not only direct their own futures, but our collective future.
The Skillman Foundation creates and supports opportunities for young people to find their voice, express their perspectives and ideas, and build their leadership skills and power.
We work to ensure their voice is heard, influencing decisions that affect youth and the next iteration of their city. This goes beyond including young people in dialogue. We build adults’ capacity to effectively engage youth and utilize their input. And we support narrative-building opportunities to ensure young people own their stories and influence social change.
Our Youth Council
The insights of Detroit youth guide our priorities and strategies. While we solicit youth input in many ways, our Youth Council is a formal structure to do so. The Council meets regularly with the Foundation to discuss issues that are important to them and advise us on how we can better support their needs and aspirations.