Mayor Duggan kicks off summer youth jobs program

Mayor Mike Duggan and other corporate leaders are calling for local business owners to step up and join the Grow Detroit's Young Talent Program. 

The program will offer at least 5,000 jobs to local youth aged 14-24.  The six week program is designed to provide work readiness and training to young Detroiters.

"There's so many times that summer jobs lead to future opportunities, and I just couldn't be more pleased with the business community's response today," says Mike Duggan.

There are three ways for a business to get involved:

1. Become an employee partner - and offer a 6 week work experience (up to 20 hours per week) at your workplace through at 50/50 match of $1,000. GDYT will manage student recruitment, payroll, work readiness training and employer support services. 
2. Sponsor a full work experience - through a $2,000 Pledge to GDYT. GDYT will manage everything else, as mentioned above. 
3. Contribute to GDYT by directly hiring a City of Detroit youth. GDYT provides the option of helping you recruit and screen summer hires and offers employment support services, free of charge. 

The kids are recruited through schools and community organizations, based on their interest and abilities. 

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