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60 Examples of Detroit Genius: 31-40

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 honorees 31 through 40.

Javion Terrell

Age: 17
Genius: Acclaimed Artist & Musician

A multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist, Javíon has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth ensemble and Oakland University’s Honors Orchestra and danced in a local production of “The Boy from Hutchinson Street.”

Jaylin Dorsey-Mitchell

Age: 18
Genius: In-Demand Photographer

In addition to having photos published in the Detroit Free Press and serving as a district photographer for Chandler Park Academy, Jaylin teaches community photography classes.

Jea’na Warden

Age: 24
Genius: Literacy Mentor

As a member of Hope Network’s Michigan Education Corp, Jea’na teaches literacy to K-3 students at Munger Elementary School.

Jenise Williams

Age: 24
Genius: Super Teacher

Jenise, a former DPSCD Rookie of the Year, is a second-year kindergarten teacher at Burns Elementary, where her students routinely show tremendous growth on assessments.

Jeshua Yglesias

Age: 23
Genius: Change Maker

Jeshua founded the Detroit Goodfellows‘ Next Gen program for teen volunteers and young philanthropists.

Jimena Garcia

Age: 7
Genius: Budding Visual Artist

Jimena uses her unique artistic style to create visual stories for the books she reads, helping her build both art and reading skills.

Kennedi Cornelius

Age: 14
Genius: Dance Star

Kennedi, a dancer with My Sister’s Keeper, uses her art to mentor young girls and bring awareness to community problems.

Khari Haynes

Age: 18
Genius: Mega Mentor

Khari helps students improve their grades and incorporates culturally-responsive teaching with his mentees.

Kristina Bland & Gabe Francis

Ages: 15 & 17
Genius: Ice Dancing Champions

Kristina and Gabe are gold medalists, winning the 2020 Championship for U.S. Intermediate Ice Dance.

Motor City Street Dance Academy

Ages: 6-17
Genius: Superstar Breakdance Team

The youth at MCSDA do more than just preserve hip-hop history; they build community values and support one another on the dance floor and beyond.

Video by Jeff Tabb

Check out the full 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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