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The city of Detroit has been awarded $100,000 to launch a career development program for youth after being selected as a finalist for the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Detroit was among 35 “Champion Cities” picked for the award after proposing Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Career Specialist program.

The program would place 400 Detroit students from five schools into summer jobs with direct support on their career path by a team of specialists.

The goal of the U.S. Mayors Challenge is to encourage city leaders to create innovative ideas to combat the challenges in their communities. More than 320 applications were submitted for the award.

As a selected city, Detroit has a six-month period to test and adapt their program with help from experts. They then must submit a new application in August.

Bloomberg in October will award four cities with $1 million each and one city will receive a $5 million prize to develop their ideas.

“We received hundreds of bold and creative ideas from cities around the country in response to the 2018 Mayors Challenge, and these 35 really stood out for their potential to improve people’s lives,” said Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and former New York City mayor. “The next six months are a great opportunity for the cities to test their ideas and make them even more innovative and effective.”

The 35 “Champion Cities” were judged on vision, potential for impact, implementation plan and potential to spread to other cities.

Mayor Mike Duggan said he was pleased with Detroit’s selection.

“Our success as a city depends on making sure all of our residents have the opportunity to participate in Detroit's recovery, and with this generous grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies for our Grow Detroit's Young Talent Program, we will continue to work towards that goal,” Duggan said.

nterry@detroitnews.com

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