For individuals, families, businesses, and communities to compete in the global economy, young people need early exposure to employment experiences. Unfortunately, the percentage of employed teens in the United States is lower than it has been in fifty years - and the situation is even more serious in large urban centers like Detroit.
The Grow Detroit's Young Talent (GDYT) campaign was conceived as a way to ensure that Detroit's young people have opportunities to work and to lend their talents to local companies. Since 2009, the campaign has been raising money to identify and match Detroit youth with local employer partners for meaningful summer work experiences.
In 2013, the GDYT campaign hopes to see at least 1,400 young people placed in summer work experiences in Detroit and to raise approximately $2.1 million to coordinate and manage placements and to subsidize wages for some of the city's youth. You can help: get involved today by selecting one of the relevant tabs from the top of this page.
The Grow Detroit's Young Talent is an initiative of the Detroit Youth Employment Consortium and is administered by City Connect Detroit.
For Youth Seeking Employment:
Looking for a Summer Job?
Visit the "For Youth" and "Resources" tabs of this site, for helpful tips and more information on employment.
Youth can also contact any neighborhood-based, youth-serving nonprofit organization in Detroit to see if they hire youth or participate in the GDYT program.
For Potential Employers of Youth:
The 2013 Grow Detroit's Young Talent Program is well underway. If you are interested in becoming a worksite visit the "For Employers" tab to learn more about how to be involved in the Grow Detroit's Young Talent Program.