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Detroit youth decided where more than $100,000 in grants would go


The Skillman Foundation tasked 13 young Detroiters with figuring out how to award more than $100,000 in grants.

A philanthropic foundation asked a group of Detroit youth how they would award $100,000 and they came back with an action plan. 

Thirteen young Detroiters selected 15 nonprofits in the city — from mentorship programs to sports teams — to receive grants from the Skillman Foundation. They were tasked with figuring out, through research and collaboration with one another, how to allocate thousands of dollars in grant funding. 

“We told them that we are actually putting $100,000 on the table and they are in the driver’s seat,” said Angelique Power, president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation. 

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The group of young people, ages 13 to 22 years old, are part of a youth council put together by the foundation to inform the nonprofit’s leadership on young people’s needs. This is the first time the Skillman Foundation has handed over the reins this way to young people, Power said. 


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