The Challenges

  • Challenges are the heart of our program. In partnership with area non-profits, the challenges are designed to positively impact the city and region. Every Friday, participants will work in teams organized to generate innovative and impactful solutions to pressing needs faced by our partner non-profit organizations. Click on the links below to learn more about our non-profit partners and the topics that we plan to address over the course of the year.

    Challenge #1 Sept 27 - Oct 25 2013 View details on YouTube

    TOPIC:
    Community Arts
    PARTNER(S):
    University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center’s Impact Detroit Initiative & Bleeding Heart Design

    Challenge #2 Nov 8 - Dec 13 2013 View details on YouTube

    TOPIC:
    Multimodal Transportation
    PARTNER(S):
    ModeShift

    Challenge #3 Jan 17 - Feb 14 2014 View details on YouTube

    TOPIC:
    Homelessness
    PARTNER(S):
    Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)

    Challenge #4 Feb 28 - Mar 28 2014 View details on YouTube

    TOPIC:
    Community Innovation
    PARTNER(S):
    826michigan, Focus:HOPE, Green Living Science, Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, Southwest Rides.

    Challenge #5 Apr 11 - May 9 2014 View details on YouTube

    TOPIC:
    Activating Public Spaces
    PARTNER(S):
    The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

    Challenge #6 May 23 - Jun 20 2014

    TOPIC:
    Blight & Neighborhood Quality of Life
    PARTNER(S):
    Detroit Future City

    FeaturedFellow

    Kyla Elise Taylor

    From: Detroit, MI
    Host Company: Cornerstone Charter Schools

    EventsTimeline

    YEAR 2
    2013-2014

    • AUGUST ‘13
      • August 26-30
        Boot Camp

    • SEPTEMBER ‘13
      • September 6
        Leadership Friday #1

      • September 13-20:
        Warm Up Challenge
        Topic: Design in Detroit

      • Sept 27 – Oct 25
        Challenge #1
        Topic: Community Arts

    • NOVEMBER ‘13
      • November 1
        Leadership Friday #2

      • Nov 8 – Dec 13
        Challenge #2
        Topic: Multimodal Transportation

    • DECEMBER ‘13
      • December 20
        Leadership Friday #3

    • JANUARY ‘14
      • January 10
        Team Building Friday

      • Jan 17 – Feb 14
        Challenge #3
        Topic: Homelessness

    • FEBRUARY ‘14
      • February 21
        Leadership Friday #4

      • Feb 28 – Mar 28
        Challenge #4
        Topic: Community Innovation

    • APRIL ‘14
      • April 4
        Leadership Friday #5

      • April 11 – May 9
        Challenge #5
        Topic: Activating Public Spaces

    • MAY ‘14
      • May 16
        Leadership Friday #6

      • May 23 – June 20
        Challenge #6
        Topic: Blight & Neighborhood Quality of Life

    • JUNE ‘14
      • June 27 – August 22
        Culmination Activities

    • END 2013-2014

    YEAR 3
    2014-2015

    • FEBRUARY ‘14
      • FEBRUARY 1
        Applications open

    • MARCH ‘14
      • March 9
        Phase One applications close

      • March 23
        Phase Two applications close

    • APRIL ‘14
      • April 13
        Semi-finalists announced

      • April 7-13
        Phase Three community vote

      • April 29
        Finalists announced

    • MAY ‘14
      • May 8-9
        Phase Four interviews

      • Late May
        Fellows selected

    • JUNE ‘14
      • Early June
        Public announcement

    • SEPTEMBER ‘14
      • September 2-5
        Program orientation

      • September 8
        Employment begins

    • MORE TO COME