The My Brother's Keeper Detroit Innovation Challenge
Detroit’s rebirth is happening. But too many young men of color remain trapped by circumstances that prevent them from accessing opportunities that allow them to reach their full potential. Ensuring inclusion of all Detroit residents, especially young men of color, is essential in our city’s sustainable and equitable recovery.
In February 2016, the Skillman Foundation and Campaign for Black Male Achievement called upon community members to put forth their ideas to increase opportunities for black and brown boys. This call for ideas, the MBK Detroit Innovation Challenge, drew close to 500 submissions. Applications were narrowed down by nearly 50 judges, which included young men from the city, individuals who work on behalf of youth and young men of color, and community leaders.
What we set out to accomplish
- Seek out new leaders
- Create a meaningful application
- Engage community (including youth) to identify which ideas should move forward
- Create a space where ideas could evolve
- Activate 20 ideas and help scale the ones that get traction
- Provide technical assistance throughout the process