Examining efforts to help kids reach their goals in the pandemic

Posted at 6:41 PM, Oct 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-01 19:35:07-04

(WXYZ) — The pandemic has not affected three different school years for our children, and as we continue to navigate mandates and returning to classes, one local foundation continues to be a voice for our youth - putting them first and supporting them in reaching their goals.

Joining us for the 7 UpFront segment to talk about the impact work of the Skillman Foundation is the organization's new President and CEO Angelique Power.

You can see the full interview in the video player above.

"There's never been a more important time to listen to children and young people and assess what they need," Power says. "There's such anxiety that I think so many of us, as we navigate these systems, are trying to quell. And so we always, at Skillman, put children first and we ask the question 'how are the children?' In my new role, I'm entering at such an important time where we've come from 18 months where we have seen how teachers are magicians, how they are able to reach students in their homes, some in the classroom while dealing with their own trauma, and somehow create these very engaging lessons. You know, the principals are critical components to the school enterprise and that school administrators are often overworked and underappreciated, so there's never been a more important time to understand that our well being is reliant on how well we see the great job that our teachers, principals, and school administrators are doing and that we center children and their needs in this moment in terms of how they can move forward in a system that hasn't always been created for them."