Challenge Detroit, a national initiative focused on revitalizing Detroit by retaining and attracting top talent to the city, has launched year two of the program and is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 fellows.

The program recently received a $230,000 grant from the Live
WorkDetroit initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. that will be applied toward programming and recruitment for the upcoming class.

Challenge Detroit chooses 30 fellows based on a combined public voting-private selection process to live and work in the city of Detroit. Every month the group also works on a community "challenge."

The current team on Friday kicked off the fifth of its 10 challenges – helping revitalization efforts along the storefront districts on Livernois in Detroit, near The University of Detroit Mercy. That team of 30 fellows started the program in August.

The organizers' goal by the end of the program is to turn the fellows into 30 advocates for the city.

The fellows work 32-hour weeks at their host companies and spend the fifth weekday on community service projects around the city.

Partner nonprofits include the TechTown Detroit and the Detroit Regional News Hub.

It will be accepting applications until March 3 and is still looking for companies to participate.

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