Detroit leaders and community members kicked off a new musical campaign Monday in the city called "Change Detroit For Good."
Leaders from the Detroit Police Department, the Motown Alumni Association, the Detroit Lions Club, the Black Women Lawyers Association, the Better Detroit Youth Organization and 3rd Circuit Court Judge Deborah Thomas are supporting the cause.
The campaign is aimed at creating a more positive relationship between Detroit youth and law enforcement officials.
"At this very critical time in our city, it is imperative that we engage, encourage and empower our youth, who are our leaders of tomorrow," Judge Deborah Thomas said.
As part of the effort, a musical competition has been created to challenge young Detroit residents between the ages of 8 and 22.
Judge Thomas said the contest is open to all types of musical creations.
“We are going to accept sounds everywhere from reggae to jazz to blues to spoken word to gospel,” said Judge Thomas.
Contestants are asked to write and perform a piece on how to make Detroit streets and schools safe.
Fifteen finalists will be chosen by local Motown music artists, and then the public will have the chance the final three.
The winner will be given the chance to perform live, appear in the Thanksgiving Day Parade and receive guidance from a nationally-known producer.
The competition runs through Nov. 26.
For more information on the campaign and complete competition rules: http://changedetroitforgood.ning.com/ .