This week, we are launching a US-wide project to find the people and organizations transforming American cities. Were starting with Cleveland and we want your help

Many US cities across the US face significant challenges. Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland are among them former powerhouses that have struggled economically over the last few decades. Their stories are familiar.

But we want to tell a different story about Cleveland, Ohio. Instead of highlighting the problems and challenges faced by the city, our journalistic project Clevelands City Champions will focus on what is going right. We want to shine a light on inspirational people and organizations that are transforming the lives of thousands for the better.

And we want you to help we are asking our readers to nominate people or organizations we should consider as Clevelands City Champions. We have chosen Cleveland not because of the myriad issues it faces infant mortality, lead poisoning, etc but because of the remarkable number of people working on inspiring projects that show the resilience and determination of those wanting to improve life in the city.

While it may seem that part of our politics and society are riven with anger and division, there are other people and groups who are doing incredible work to make their cities better places to live and love.

They might be working across a range of areas, from tech to food and from environmental justice to sustainable agriculture.

From, say, a restaurant giving ex-felons the skills they need to build a professional life to a project that uses art as a form of activism for the citys youth; from helping regenerate the city through urban agriculture to empowering people to achieve success through technology, we want to discover and celebrate stories like this.

We want to highlight the many innovative, creative and often radical ways that ordinary people are dramatically improving the lives of those around them. You can suggest your City Champions here and a panel of public figures will help us choose from the nominations we receive.

Were thrilled to be partnering with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and a host of public figures in the city who have helped shape and guide this project to date. We have also worked from the outset with For Freedoms, an artist-run platform for civic engagement, who pioneered this last year.

There are plenty of lists of the richest, the most powerful and the most eligible. But we thought it would be more interesting to seek out those people shaping the world around us, and working on creative ideas to make Cleveland a more livable and lovable place.

We hope to hear from you by Monday August 12.

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