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Melissa Campbell of Lanham was chosen out of 700 applicants to participate in an urban revitalization project in Detroit.

Challenge Detroit, launched in 2012 and is offered through The Collaborative Group, a Michigan-based nonprofit aimed at boosting Detroit’s workforce by attracting people to the city after many left during the economic recession, said Lindsay Mullen, a program representative.

Campbell, 24, a recent graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., will live in Detroit for the year, working at a regional company and spending one day a week working with nonprofits to address community issues such as homelessness, Mullen said.

“I just knew I wanted to start my post-grad life in Detroit,” Campbell said. “The Challenge Detroit Program brought things full circle for me. I was highly intrigued by the opportunity to revitalize a city by living, playing, working and giving back to Detroit.”

This year, 31 people are participating in the program while last year, 28 people participated and almost all stayed in Detroit and are working there today, Mullen said.