About the Program
Detroit's future depends on a talented and professional workforce. Wayne State University's Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program (DRFP) is designed to attract those professionals, who will ultimately help lead the economic revitalization and development of Detroit. Fellows work for two-year term at a relevant Detroit organization while the program provides them with executive-style education opportunities, coaching, leadership development and the chance to work on many of the city's economic and urban development initiatives. The Kresge Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hudson-Webber Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, the DTE Energy Foundation, and Wayne State University have contributed funding for the Program.
As the 2011-2013 pilot Program comes to a close, the DRFP is recruiting a second cohort of Fellows. Applications are due March 6.
The Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program is designed to:
- Build capacity for key organizations focused on the revitalization of Detroit.
- Provide leadership development and training for Fellows working in these organizations.
- Develop a network that fosters inter-agency connections and organizational collaboration.
Fellows will be placed in organizations that contribute to the revitalization of the city, with a focus on:
- Real estate finance and development
- Community and economic development
- Land use planning and deployment of the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework
- Workforce development