DETROIT — More than 500 people have started the application process for Challenge Detroit, a year-long program that will see 30 energetic, innovative thinkers live, work, play and give in Detroit.

The Collaborative Group, sponsors of the competition, say interest is so strong that the application deadline for potential participants has been extended to Sunday, March 25.

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Challenge Detroit is a national initiative focused on revitalizing Detroit by retaining and attracting tomorrow’s leaders to bring their intellectual capital and talents to the City. Participants will have the opportunity to work with and learn from top companies and non-profits in and around Detroit while helping to make a difference in the region.

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Challenge Detroit will select 30 innovative leaders from throughout the United States to live, work, play and give in Detroit for one year beginning this September. Participants will: * Engage in monthly team challenges, in partnership with area non-profits, designed to positively impact the city and region; * Live in Detroit, supported by a $500/month housing stipend; * Receive a $30,000 salary to work at one of the top companies in the region; and * Experience the city through organized social and cultural events.

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Visit for more information and to begin the application process.