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60 Examples of Detroit Genius: 1-10

Detroit youth possess genius. Their talent comes in all forms: academics, arts, sports, service to the community, and more.

To celebrate Detroit genius, we asked the community-at-large to let us know of young people who astonish and inspire.

Here, we highlight the first ten honorees.

Aaron Goodson

Age: 19
Genius: Computer Whiz

Through his work with JOURNi, Aaron creates apps for Detroit organizations and won the 2018 W3R Consulting S.T.E.M. scholarship.

Adelaide Egger

Age: 9
Genius: Gifted Seamstress

Adelaide used her sewing prowess to sew masks for frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aliyah Ward

Age: 22
Genius: Finance Expert

Aliyah uses her business acumen to teach financial literacy in her community and to help small businesses get off the ground.

America Yahya

Age: 21
Genius: Community Organizer

America spearheads neighborhood programs in Southwest Detroit from cleanup efforts to college prep opportunities for students.

Andrea Hernandez

Age: 15
Genius: Engineer Extraoedinaire

An aspiring engineer, Andrea was an apprentice at Wayne State’s Mobile Energy Lab and has received a full scholarship to attend a prestigious private school.

Auriel Blakey, DaJhai Davis, Laylah Baker, & Mariah Kent

Ages: 15
Genius: Community Service Pioneers

These young leaders are tackling food insecurity by creating the first Little Free Pantry in Detroit.

Autumn Campbell

Age: 14
Genius: Superior Speller

Autumn made Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy proud by representing them in the Scripps Spelling Bee at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Brandon Johnson

Age: 24
Genius: Delectable Chef

Brandon owns and operates Lottie + Grace Catering.

Brandon Johnson, Daria Beavers, Deshawn Lindsay, Diamond Dantzler, Ianna Mosby, & Sarah Scarborough of Cooking with a Purpose

Ages: 19-22
Genius: Culinary Artists

Having won $7,500 in a Community Connections business pitch competition, these young chefs are launching their own catering business.

DEPSA Varsity Girls Basketball Team

Ages: 15-18
Genius: State Champion Basketball Players

Winners of the Girls Varsity Basketball State Championship year after year, they are ranked number six in the nation!

Video by Jeff Tabb; Music by Kaleb the Intern

Every two weeks from June 8 through August 28, 10 examples will be added. Check out our running list of Detroit Genius honorees and share this blog using #DetroitGenius.

The Skillman Foundation

A voice for children since 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy that serves as a fierce champion of Detroit children. The Foundation works to ensure Detroit youth achieve their highest aspirations by strengthening K-12 public education, afterschool learning opportunities, and college and career pathways.

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