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Where have we been?

Where have we been?

Where are we now?

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Phase 1 (2016)

We recruited stakeholders to analyze the problem, created a beginning set of system elements, and began considering a framework for a Detroit community development system.

Phase 2 (2017-2018)

We formed an Advisory Council, conducted extensive research resulting in a specific set of challenges and created Task Forces to respond to those challenges and develop test-projects for most of the elements.

Phase 3 (2019-2020)

Stakeholders will champion elements of the system, working closely with CDOs and GROs, by “test-piloting” project ideas:

  • Coordination of Capacity Building Services
  • Community Development Career Navigation Model
  • Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework
  • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework
  • At least two city-CDO funded partnerships

Simultaneously we will:

  • Activate the System Capitalization element
  • Establish a governance/oversight structure
  • Develop a process to resolve CDO coverage for all neighborhoods
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Deadline August 10: Challenge Detroit’s Fellowship Opportunity for Community Leaders

Monday, August 10

Challenge Detroit is launching their ninth cohort of community-minded leaders this September, and they are hoping to recruit more individuals to participate by submitting an application this summer!

The Community Leader Fellow track, part of the 2020–2021 Challenge Detroit fellowship, is for individuals already working in the community space, at a nonprofit or a for-profit company in a community-facing role, with a minimum of a high school diploma/GED and relevant work experience. Scholarships (based on organizational need and funding availability) may be provided in order to make the opportunity more accessible.

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Monday, August 10

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