Empowering Detroit’s Youth Through Summer Employment

Posted: 02/05/16

GDYT ProgramAlthough there’s snow on the ground and Superbowl celebrations are in the air, now is the time to help your young person get started on the path to summer employment.  Earlier this week, the City of Detroit, City Connect, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and SER Metro kicked off the 2016 Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Program (GDYT). This year with a new strategy and new staff, the program aims to employ 8,000 of Detroit’s young adults this summer in high quality work experiences.  Last year 5,600 youth had the opportunity to work with the City of Detroit, a variety of community organizations, non-profits and businesses including M-1 RAIL, Mariners Inn and the Downtown Detroit Partnership as a part of the program.

The application process for this year opened on Tuesday, February 2 for young adults ages 14 – 24, (by July 1) and closes on March 4. To apply, youth must be permanent residents of the City of Detroit and eligible to work in the United States. If selected and placed, youth participants will receive workforce readiness skills training and work 20 hours a week for up to six weeks between, July 6 – August 26. They will earn $8.50 per hour if they are between 14 – 17 years old and those 18 – 24 will earn $9.50 per hour.

On Saturday, February 6, GDYT will hold two job fairs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Lake Baptist Church (12400 E. Jefferson Ave.) and Triumph Church (2760 E. Grand Blvd.). At each of the events, interested youth will be able to ask questions and apply online at one of several computer stations. For more information on how to apply for this year’s program or on the upcoming job fair please visit www.gdyt.org or call Detroit Employment Solutions at 313-876-0674

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