Excellence Corps cultivates students’ visions for the future of their city and provides opportunities to be actively involved in making these visions a reality. Through experience-based learning that builds leadership, goal achievement skills and networking relationships for academic, career and civic responsibility, Excellence Corps fosters a deep understanding of the changing nature and needs of neighborhoods and communities.
Beginning with a training intensive, Excellence Corps helps develop future community leaders by providing experiential workshops, classes and fields trips. Topics of learning include: the community’s history, neighborhoods, businesses and social initiatives; active citizenry (meeting with community, business, city leaders); fundamental business skills (marketing, branding, finance, business acumen); the role of the media; conflict resolution; public speaking skills (storytelling, audience engagement, improvisation and presentations) and more. Culminating in a Town Hall Presentation, students present what they’ve discovered and their intended goals moving forward. After the training intensive, students have an opportunity to put what they’ve learned into action during the following weeks by working throughout the city four days a week accompanied by one day a week in the classroom for debriefing, team building, conflict resolution, planning and processing of what they’ve experienced.
Click here to read more about the inaugural launch of Excellence Corps of Detroit at Cass Technical High School this summer 2018, by our Founders, Amy Nederlander and Michaela Murphy.