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.
Now in its second year, the 2018 Innovation Challenge is seeking to lift up ideas that help create opportunity for young men and women of color in Detroit.
In 2014 President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.