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60 Examples of Detroit Genius: 51-60

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 51 through 60.

Detroit’s Young Protest Leaders

Stefan Perez (photo by Robert Guzman)

Age: 16-24
Genius: Community Organizers

Several Detroit youth—including 16-year-old Stefan Perez and 24-year-old Nakia Wallace—have emerged as leaders in Detroiter’s demonstrations to end police brutality and advance racial justice.

Tanay Dixon

Age: 18
Genius: Academic Superstar

Tanay was valedictorian of her class at Chandler Park Academy and attended Harvard’s Secondary Summer School Program, earning a 3.75 GPA and eight college credits.

The Cody Rouge Youth Council

Ages: 14-18
Genius: Community Organizing

The Cody Rouge Youth Council spent the last two years working with the City of Detroit to develop a youth-centered Neighborhood Framework Plan.

The Detroit 7

Jamarria Hall, classmate and supporter of the Detroit 7 (Photo: The Detroit Free Press)

Ages: 20-24
Genius: Groundbreaking Advocates

In 2016, seven Detroit students filed a lawsuit arguing that literacy is a constitutional right that they and their peers were denied. Four years later, a federal appeals court sided with the Detroit 7, but facing immense political pressure, took the rare step of vacating its favorable ruling. The State of Michigan settled the lawsuit, including proposed legislation to provide Detroit public schools with $94.4 million for literacy-related programs.

The Detroit Phoenix Center Youth Action Board

Ages: 21-23
Genius: Community Service Leaders

This Youth Action Board built a hygiene and resource closet at a Detroit high school and distributes supply bags to students in need.

Tiara E. Jones

Age: 24
Genius: Stellar Consultant

A management consultant at Accenture, Tiara helps both for-profit and nonprofit organizations solve complex business problems, improve operations, and get measurable results.

Undra & Austin Mack

Ages: 12 & 14
Genius: Young Entrepreneurs

Undra and Austin’s business endeavors include operating a landscaping company, selling thousands of copies of an original book, and developing mobile apps.

Victoria BD Bradley

Age: 16
Genius: Recording Artist & Record Producer

Writing about personal and social issues, Victoria began producing music with the Michigan State University Community Music School at age 12. She released her first solo project on her 16th birthday.

Zwena Gray

Ages: 17
Genius: Youth Champion

A talented coder and fashion designer, Zwena coached an elementary robotics team and sells her designs to raise money for other youth.

The University Prep Science & Math Middle School Chess Team

Ages: 10-14
Genius: Chess Champions

The UPSM Chess Team are national champions, competing in tournaments all over the country and consistently bringing trophies home to Detroit.

Video by Jeff Tabb; Music by Kaleb the Intern

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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