In a time when youth of Detroit struggle to find supportive after schools programs, The Skillman Foundation is surely a breath of fresh air. With the help of vast array of partner organizations, including Detroit PAL, the Skillman Foundation has successfully helped ten of thousands of underprivileged children in our city. Recently, Skillman awarded Detroit PAL $100,000 in support of advancing our high-quality sports, recreation and leadership programming for youth to improve interactions with positive adults role models in 2015. This funding is geared to improve the emotional welfare, self-efficacy and resiliency of youth in the Skillman neighborhoods.
Rose Skillman founded the Skillman Foundation in 1960 after noticing the lack of opportunity afforded to some of Detroit city’s youth. She established a foundation that would meet the needs of those children through education, resources and services geared towards them. And over 50 years later, that sentiment is still very present at Skillman Foundation. To further meet the needs of this city’s youth, Skillman Foundation has a youth development program that includes three components: the Youth Development Fund, the Youth Development Resource Center and the Youth Development Alliance. Specifically, the Youth Development Alliance (YDA) partners with 200 youth serving organizations and programs throughout the Skillman target neighborhoods. The neighborhoods included in this program are Brightmoor/ Cody Rouge, Northend/Central, Southwest Detroit and Osborn. Detroit PAL is a Youth Development Alliance core partner, along with Don Bosco Hall (which coordinates Osborn, Cody Rouge/Brightmoor & Northend Skillman activities) and Southwest Solutions (which – coordinates Chadsey Condon/Southwest Detroit Skillman activities) under which the 200 organizations partner.
Community Partnerships Coordinator, Dana Cooper from Detroit PAL stated, “Youth Development Alliance (YDA) and Detroit PAL are bridging a gap through youth sports by layering enrichment opportunities for our participants.” In its first year of partnership, Detroit PAL and Youth Development Alliance are already seeing improvements and will continue to seek out various ways to enhance this community base union to better serve the youth in Detroit.
The Youth Development Alliance assists youngsters in need, by ensuring that its workers and collaborative organizations are well suited in helping its children. On October 3rd and 4th , Youth Development Alliance held a 2014 Capacity Building Conference at Charles H. Ellis III Banquet Center. This conference included workshops that demonstrated ways to better engage youth, families and communities.
Youth Development Alliance and Detroit PAL’s emerging joint efforts are well on it’s way to improving the lives of youngsters and communities through out Detroit. To learn more about Skillman Foundation and ways in which you can help read here.