Challenge Detroit Names New Fellows for 2014


Published:

DETROIT — Challenge Detroit, a nonprofit social impact program that attracts and retains talent in metro Detroit, announced its 33 Year Three Fellows. They come from Michigan and across the country with 16 from the state and 17 from states including Alabama, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The 2014-2015 class will bring the program total to nearly 100 Fellows living, working, playing, giving, and leading in Detroit.

“I knew I wanted to contribute my energy to strengthening Detroit’s educational system when I took an alternative spring break trip during my junior year of college to Detroit and served at Highland Park School and the Dominican Literacy Center," said Branden Bufford, a Year Three Fellow who will be working for Wayne County Community College District. “I couldn’t be more excited, or more ready, to take advantage of the opportunity to work, give, lead and live in my native city as part of Challenge Detroit.”

During the yearlong fellowship, each Challenge Detroit Fellow works at a host company, drawn from a range of Detroit’s leading organizations, including Chrysler, DTE Energy, the Detroit Lions, and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. In addition, Fellows work together on five-week social impact challenge projects in partnership with area nonprofits as well as participate in leadership development training and cultural engagement. Over the last two years, Challenge Detroit has supported the creation of approximately 60 new jobs and had a $2 million direct economic impact on the area.

“The next class of Fellows offers diversity of intellect, skills and experience, ranging from the environment, nonprofit administration, education, architecture and design, law, business, urban planning and more,” said Challenge Detroit’s program director, Shelley Danner. “We look forward to the innovative ideas, collaboration and enthusiasm the Year Three Fellows will bring.”

Challenge Detroit’s First and Second Year Fellows have made a substantial impact on the region. Fellows have contributed over 7,500 hours of service to the local community with non-profits including 826michigan, the Coalition on Temporary Shelter, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and Detroit Future City. Ninety percent of Year One Fellows continue to live and work in the Detroit area.

During their year in Detroit, fellows will share their stories through blogging, video, and social media platforms. Challenge Detroit’s third year begins on Sept. 2. For more information, and to meet all of the Year Three Fellows, visit ChallengeDetroit.org

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Detroit Tigers Announce Partnership With Uber

With only two days until Tigers Opening Day at Comerica Park, the Detroit Tigers today announced a partnership with mobile ridesharing company Uber, naming them the team’s official ride-sharing company. This season, there will be a dedicated pick-up and drop-off zone for fans choosing to Uber to and from Comerica Park, located on the northbound side of the I-75 service drive, between John R and Brush Street.

Detroit Pistons and Henry Ford Health System Partner on Training, Rehab, and Sports Medicine Complex  

The Detroit Pistons and Henry Ford Health System today announced plans to build a new 100,000-square-foot training, rehabilitation, and sports medicine complex in Detroit’s New Center area. The site is bordered by Amsterdam Street, Second and Third Avenues, and a set of railroad tracks to the north. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

Ford Invests $1B in Argo AI, Works Towards Leading Autonomous Vehicle Market

Dearborn-based automaker Ford Motor Co. today announced a $1 billion investment in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI over the next five years, to develop a virtual driver system for the autonomous vehicle Ford has planned for 2021, and for potential licensing opportunities.

Meridian Winter Blast Set to Coincide With North American International Auto Show

The thirteenth annual Meridian Winter Blast, presented by Quicken Loans, has been moved up several weeks and is now scheduled to coincide with the final weekend of the North American International Auto Show — January 20-22.

Detroit Pistons to Move to Downtown in 2017, will Generate Additional $596.2M in Economic Impact

Agreements under which the Pistons will move to downtown Detroit and begin playing next season at the new Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit, a $1.2 billion sports and entertainment development, have been announced today.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Blog: What the Insurance Industry Isn’t Telling you
    None of us expect to be involved in a major car accident — until it happens. We tell ourselves,...
  2. Medical Monopoly
    Group Purchasing Organizations are charged with saving hospitals money, but special carve-outs...
  3. Nino Salvaggio to Open Bloomfield Township Location on Dec. 28
    Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace is opening a new location on Friday, Dec. 28 in...
  4. Blog: It’s 2018. Do You Know Where Your Future Workforce Is?
    It’s a high-stakes question with wide-ranging implications for the global economy, Michigan...
  5. Beerhead Bar & Eatery to Open at Fountain Walk in Novi in January
    Beerhead Bar & Eatery, an Illinois-based American craft beer bar franchise, is opening at...
  6. Bedrock Manufacturing Co. Secures Multimillion-dollar Boost from Qatar Investment Authority
    Bedrock Manufacturing Co., the parent company of Shinola, Filson, and Bedrock Watch Co., says it...