Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity
In the nation's most segregated metropolitan area, young people are open to discussion of race and ethnicity, but have few opportunities to communicate with people who are different from themselves. Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit brings together high school age youth from different racial and ethnic backgrounds and from different neighborhoods and suburbs for intergroup dialogues during the summer.
This program is made possible by collaboration between the Skillman Foundation and the University of Michigan.
- Increase youth dialogues on race and ethnicity
- Reduce racial segregation and social isolation
- Plan action projects that challenge discrimination, build relationships, and create change
- Build organizational and community capacity
- Prepare young people for new roles as group facilitators and change agents
- Promote youth participation in public policy
- Involve supportive adults in working with young people
- Summer Intergroup Dialogues
- Community Action Projects
- Retreat at the University of Michigan
- Metropolitan Summit
- Youth Public Policy Forums
Who Is Involved
National Center for Institutional Diversity
The National Center for Institutional Diversity aims to prepare people for active engagement in a diverse society and works toward building productive inclusive communities at the University of Michigan and beyond.
Program on Intergroup Relations
The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus. As a joint venture of the College of Literature, Science, and Arts and the Division of Student Affairs, IGR works proactively to promote understanding of intergroup relations inside and outside of the classroom.
Created in 1960, the Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to helping children in metropolitan Detroit by improving their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.
Speak for Yourself! Young Detroiters Talk About Race
We commissioned Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, one of our closest community collaborators, to write Speak For Yourself based on the stories and experiences of youth in the dialogues program.
In this new interactive performance, Mosaic Youth Theatre ensemble members depict teenagers of diverse ancestries and confront the stereotypes they face growing up in metropolitan Detroit. This charged performance offers hope that our future might be more enlightened.
For more information, please contact us!
- Creating a New Beginning: Youth Speak Out on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit
- Creating Change With Our Own Two Hands: 2006 Summer Youth Dialogues Evaluation Report
- Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit—2007 Evaluation Report
- My Dreams Are Not a Secret: Teenagers in Metropolitan Detroit Speak Out