Detroit High School Girls to ‘Redevelop’ Duplex, Vacant Lots May 18

DETROIT – On May 18, roughly 100 local students will become developers for the day through hands-on, interactive and inspirational activities designed by women who’ve spent their careers honing the Metro Detroit commercial real estate industry.

For the CREW Careers program, taking place at Quicken Loans inside the First National Building in downtown Detroit, more than 40 CREW Detroit members have volunteered their time to motivate, mentor and advise participating girls. This year’s participants come from Detroit Public Schools’ Golightly Career and Technical Center, Detroit International Academy and Detroit Cristo Rey High School.

While educating the young women on possible careers opportunities, the program also enhances team building, presentation and networking skills, and conceptualization.

During the event, participating students will hear from WDIV News Anchor Rhonda Walker, president of the Rhonda Walker Foundation, whose mission is to empower inner-city teen girls to achieve successful and fulfilling futures. Keynote speaker Jill Ford, special advisor to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, will also address the girls on challenges currently facing the city and share ideas on how they can be a part of positive changes coming to Detroit.

Many of the CREW Careers participants began preparing for the event by attending in-school CREW member presentation modules. Through these modules, the girls learn the commercial property development process and how real estate transactions transpire.

Themed “Generation Detroit,” the 2016 CREW Careers program places students in small teams lead by CREW member advisors. Each team will be tasked with redesigning a real piece of property on Clairmount Street – a three-story duplex and two pieces of neighboring land – in Detroit’s Piety Hill neighborhood, located in New Center area. To give the girls an idea of the existing neighborhood and its residents, Michigan Community Resources (MCR) has prepared a detailed property and demographic profile.  Central Detroit Christian has enlisted MCR to conduct an investment study on the area, and MCR hopes to expand youth involvement in the study through the CREW Careers program. Last year, MCR assisted CREW Detroit in planning its annual CREW Careers event. Young women in that group designed a neighborhood retail center that would meet the needs of their respective communities.

Following a breakout session, design charrette and plan development, each CREW Careers team will present their development project to a panel of judges. The team with the most impactful redevelopment idea will be awarded the grand prize. Individuals will also be awarded for exceptional efforts.

CREW Detroit has presented CREW Careers since 2008. The amount of young ladies participating in the program continues to grow each year.

Quick Loans is located at 658 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Mich. For more information about the event, contact Lauren Leach at 734.708.2525 or at lleach@mckinley.com.

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