Our Past Challenge Projects

The Challenge Detroit Challenges

Challenges are the heart of the program. In partnership with local nonprofits, the challenges are designed to positively impact the city and region while giving the Fellows an opportunity to learn by doing. Challenge Detroit has supported over 165 nonprofits through challenge projects.

2020-2021 (Year NINE) Challenge Projects ARCHIVE view +
  • Summer Projects
  • Advocacy & Youth Leadership
    Focus:Hope
  • Digital Literacy & Inclusion
    NPower
  • Economic & Community Development
    Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation
  • Youth Homelessness & Poverty
    Detroit Phoenix Center
2019-2020 (Year EIGHT) Challenge Projects ARCHIVE view +
  • Summer Impact Projects
    Multiple Project Partners
  • Neighborhood Engagement
    Michigan Community Resources
  • Community Development
    Sinai-Grace Guild
  • Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity
    City of Detroit Department of Civil Rights Inclusion & Opportunity
  • Financial Education for Women
    Rebel Nell T.E.A.
  • Youth Leadership
    Detroit Public Schools Community District
2018-2019 (Year SEVEN) Challenge Projects ARCHIVE view +
  • Community Economic Development
    Eastside Community Network
  • Arts & the Community
    Michigan Opera Theatre
  • Arts & the Community
    Hannan Center
  • Neighborhood Resources
    Century Forward
  • Prevention & Family Support Services
    Mariners Inn
  • Summer Impact Projects
    20+ Nonprofit Partners
2017-2018 (Year SIX) Challenge Projects ARCHIVE view +
  • Youth Engagement
    Urban Neighborhood Initiatives
  • Community Partnerships
    Slow Roll
  • Equitable Entrepreneurship & Small Business Growth
    Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  • Community Partnerships
    Detroit Homecoming
  • Neighborhood Engagement
    Detroit Land Bank Authority
  • Youth Engagement
    Detroit Historical Society's Detroit67
  • Summer Impact Projects
    20+ Nonprofit Partners
2016-2017 (Year FIVE) Challenge Projects ARCHIVE view +
  • Art & Community Health
    Beaumont Family Medicine & Detroit Central City
  • Storytelling
    Belle Isle Conservancy
  • Place-based Entrepreneurship
    TechTown Detroit
  • Place-based Entrepreneurship
    Southwest Economic Solutions
  • Sustainability
    EcoWorks
  • Youth Development
    Downtown Boxing Gym
  • Food Security
    Forgotten Harvest
  • Community Development
    MACC Development
2015-2016 (Year FOUR) Challenge Projects ARCHIVE view +
  • Economic Development
    RecoveryPark
  • Land Use
    Detroit Future City
  • Land Use
    Black Family Development
  • Neighborhood Engagement
    Downtown Detroit Partnership
  • Workforce Development
    Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
  • Workforce Development
    Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
  • Education Empowerment
    Detroit Public Schools
  • Neighborhood Small Business
    City of Detroit Mayor's Office
2014-2015 (Year THREE) Challenge Projects ARCHIVE view +
  • Community Engagement
    RecoveryPark
  • Cars & Community
    Vehicles for Change
  • Education Empowerment
    Detroit Food Academy
  • Education Empowerment
    Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan
  • Education Empowerment
    The Future Project
  • Education Empowerment
    Detroit Youth Energy Squad
  • Education Empowerment
    WCCCD
  • Education Empowerment
    Detroit Achievement Academy
  • Neighborhood Activation
    Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • Economic Development
    8 Mile Boulevard Association
2013-2014 (Year TWO) Challenge Projects ARCHIVE view +
  • Community Arts
    Detroit Collaborative Design Center & Bleeding Heart Design
  • Multimodal Transportation
    ModeShift
  • Homelessness
    Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
  • Land Conservation & Community Engagement
    The Riverfront Conservancy
  • Land Re-Utilization
    Detroit Future City
2012-2013 (Year ONE) Challenge Projects ARCHIVE view +
  • Community Impact
    Matrix Human Services
  • Food Access
    United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Immigration
    Global Detroit
  • Enrollment & Education
    Excellent Schools Detroit
  • Community Storefront Activation
    Detroit Collaborative Design Center
  • Health & Wellbeing
    Beaumont
  • Environment & Sustainability
    Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
  • Arts & Culture
    Culture Source
  • Tech Entrepreneurship
    TechTown Detroit