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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

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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