TROY — We Build Character, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has partnered with Challenge Detroit to provide an experiential model of leadership mentoring to all college graduates participating in the one year program.

Challenge Detroit will select 30 innovative leaders from throughout the United States to live, work, play and give in Detroit. Participants will live in Detroit, supported by a $500-a-month housing stipend; receive a $30,000 salary to work at one of the top companies in the region; experience the city through organized social and cultural events; and, participate in monthly team challenges, in partnership with area non-profits, designed to positively impact the city and region.

We Build Character’s Young Professionals Mentoring Program will include bringing together mentors and executive sponsors who will work one on one with the Challenge Detroit participants over the course of the year. The program will include a complete leadership curriculum with assignments delivered through a virtual delivery mechanism used to facilitate and accommodate the hectic schedules of the program participants.

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with Challenge Detroit to grow our leadership talent pool here in Detroit and the state of Michigan. We are honored to have this opportunity to work with Challenge Detroit to support our commitment of embracing these kinds of initiatives that focus on building our community,” said Donna Ventimiglia, executive director of We Build Character.

The Challenge Detroit Elevate Mentoring program is one of many to be delivered by We Build Character across the State in an effort to support and strengthen the goals of mentoring and growing our talent and leadership in Michigan.

Challenge Detroit’s Executive Director, Deirdre Greene Groves, said, “Mentorship is an essential element of ensuring Challenge Detroit’s success — and the continued success of the 30 participants after their year long experience. This program is about building the next generation of leaders in Detroit and We Build Character’s mentorship program will make this possible.”

We Build Character is a not-for-profit organization focused on growing and strengthening the Michigan workforce through powerful executive mentoring programs. Its mentoring programs are designed to build a diverse network of leaders resulting in a powerful ripple effect of inclusion throughout the community. More at


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