A city’s greatest assets are its residents.

Across Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park, social entrepreneurs and neighborhood innovators are working to address the challenges their communities face in creative and collaborative ways. The Detroit Innovation Fellowship (DIF) is a talent development program that connects, promotes, and invests in social entrepreneurs who are leading projects to transform their communities.

Building a Village in Highland Park

“There was just something about the block that was really drawing me to it,” says Shu Harris. “It felt like a fertile ground that I can actually go over and clean up and we can put things on it that our city doesn’t have anymore.”

Detroit’s vacant lots find new life from a surprising source: Bees

“I thought it would be great to create a bee farm in the city where it can not only help alleviate people’s allergies but also remove blight, and on top of that, just help with the conservation of honey bees.”

Motherhood is better together: Why two Detroit women started a community to support moms

“We want Detroit Mama Hub to be a space for women/mothers who value inclusivity and also want their children to be in an environment where they can learn to value and respect diversity.”