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GOAL ONE: Ensure all youth of color are ready for school
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Jordan E., Age 9

Research shows that a quality early education is key to a child’s school performance in the future. Our goal is that all youth of color enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready. 

Think about ways we can:

  • Increase enrollment in high-quality early childhood programs
  • Improve family engagement in literacy development
  • Remove health barriers to learning by implementing vision, hearing, dental, and asthma screenings
GOAL TWO: All youth of color are engaged and progressing in school
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Jordan E, Age 9

To succeed academically, youth of color need to be in schools that have high expectations. They need to feel safe, supported and respected. 

Think about ways we can:

  • Reduce suspension, expulsion, and absenteeism by working with school districts and parents
  • Foster cultural competence among teachers and administrators
  • Reduce violent crime, including gang and gender-based violence, committed by and on young people
  • Strengthen youth development and mentoring opportunities with role models, coaches and caring adults
  • Ensure pregnant and parenting teens continue to advance in school
  • Mitigate mental health challenges / adverse childhood experiences
GOAL THREE: All youth of color are prepared for career success
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Jordan Edwards, Age 9

Detroit’s economy is on the rise, but how are we supporting our youth of color's participation within it? We must work to ensure Detroit’s recovery is inclusive. 

Think about ways we can:

  • Increase career exposure and experiences for youth of color within the business community
  • Strengthen higher education and career pathways at college and career academies
  • Support financial literacy so that youth of color can feel confident protecting and growing their assets
  • Build and empower young people with life skills to thrive in the world
GOAL FOUR: All youth of color are participating in the new economy
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Jordan Edwards, Age 9

As new industries emerge in Detroit, we must make sure the jobs associated with them are not out of reach for our city’s young people.

Think about ways we can:

  • Create career ladders, support programs and inclusive strategies with major employers including skilled trades and the STEM field
  • Accelerate the growth of entrepreneurship by young people of color, through venture capital funds, training and mentoring
GOAL FIVE: All youth of color are supported in our community
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Jordan Edwards, Age 9

It is important to strengthen our community supports for youth of color. That means connecting our efforts at all levels and building a new media narrative.

Think about ways we can:

  • Support a positive community narrative that allows youth of color to see themselves as innocent - in need of protection, nurturing, support, and comfort
  • Create a network that shares best practices across government and community stakeholders
  • Overcome the challenge of homelessness and addiction
Questions?
Do I have to live in Detroit to apply?
You do not have to live in Detroit to apply. However, your idea must address an issue that Detroit’s young people of color face.
Do I have to address each of the program goals?
Your idea should address at least one of the outlined program goals.
Do I have to be a nonprofit or have 501(c)3 status to apply?
You do not need to be affiliated with a nonprofit to submit an idea, however recipients of the $50,000 award must have a nonprofit act as a fiduciary. (Don’t worry we’ll help you out with this part, if needed.)
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