8,000 Summer Jobs For Youths In Detroit

The City of Detroit will be offering more Summer Youth Employment for 2016.

gdytThrough the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) program, the city provided 5,600 jobs to youth ages 14-24 last summer, which is up from 2,500 in 2014.

Last year, 11,000 young people applied for the 5,600 jobs available, therefore this year they have been able to increase that number of job openings to 8,000.

The summer jobs start July 6. Youth ages 14-18 are paid $8 an hour, and those 18-24 earn $9.50 an hour, typically working 20 hours a week over six weeks. The program includes 12 hours of work readiness training and another 24 hours of training over the duration, including financial literacy education.

This year, Wayne County will be provide 1,000 summer jobs. Wayne County Executive Warren Evans had this to say, “It’s amazing to me that providing some opportunities, providing some job skills, providing some opportunity for a young person to come to work and see another mature adult working — that in and of itself has value, a little money in your pocket doesn’t hurt, either.”

GDYT consolidated a number of youth employment programs, works with Detroit business, civic and philanthropic groups to provide work experiences, networking, and potentially a path to a lifelong career.

Businesses interested in providing jobs and youth interested in the program can register at www.gdyt.org.

For those seeking more information about the Summer Youth Employment or the newly announced municipal ID card program for undocumented immigrants, homeless, and senior citizens; the office of Immigrant Affairs of the Mayor’s office will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the International Institute, 111 Kirby Street, Detroit, MI 48202 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

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