2018 Champion City

Detroit, MI : 2018 Champion City

In-school Academy to Help Youth Stay on Track

  • 672,795

  • Mike Duggan

  • Directly Elected Mayor

    Type of Government
  • 4 years

    Length of Term
  • Youth

    Issue Area

The Problem

Of the nation’s largest school districts, Detroit has the highest rate of chronic absenteeism with 50% of public school students regularly missing class, which, in turn, leads to high rates of long-term unemployment and poverty.

The Idea

The City of Detroit will certify Detroit youth with work-readiness credentials through a school-based “academy” that provides a combination of wrap-around support services and absenteeism interventions.

What Mayor Mike Duggan is saying:

Our success as a city depends on making sure all of our residents have the opportunity to participate in Detroit's recovery.

Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit, MI

Our Prototyping Journey