Detroit is experiencing a resurgence, but these new opportunities are not always accessible to everyone. Ensuring the inclusion of all residents, especially young men and women of color, is essential in our city’s recovery.
Since 2016, the MBK Detroit Innovation Challenge prompts Detroiters to engage with issues facing young men and women of color in the city and discover new ways to connect them with opportunity.
A signature project, the MBK Detroit Innovation Challenge, was developed in 2016 by the Skillman Foundation and Campaign for Black Male Achievement. The Challenge called upon community members to put forth their ideas to increase opportunities for black and brown boys.
With the launch of the first cohort, nearly 500 submissions were received. Twenty teams spent the summer of 2016 testing their ideas with the help of training, support and $5,000 in funding. In September, the teams presented their learnings and plans for their organization’s future to community members and a panel of judges. Six teams were awarded $50,000 and ongoing training to scale their work. Final awardees from the 2016-17 MBK Innovation Challenge were featured at six-week-long Capstone Expo in downtown Detroit in the fall of 2017.
We are excited to announce the launch of the next iteration of the Challenge. In addition to a My Brother’s Keeper track for young men of color, there is also a My Sister’s Keeper track focusing on young women of color in the city.