More Detroit students will be put to work this summer, courtesy of a $100,000 boost from a major youth employment supporter.
Connect Detroit, a nonprofit organization that supports Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, recently announced its receipt of a $100,000 grant from DTE Energy Foundation, a strong advocate of the annual program. The grant will support employment of about 80 youth when they’re hired this summer.
Grow Detroit’s Young Talent is administered by Connect Detroit on behalf of the City of Detroit and various public, private and community stakeholders in Detroit.
“The generous support from the DTE Energy Foundation means more young people will be able to take on meaningful summer jobs that create pathways to future opportunities,” says Dierk L. Hall, Connect Detroit president and CEO. “They are the next generation of Detroit’s workforce. It’s important we continue expanding this program to connect as many young adults as possible with professional networks and employers that can support their career goals and improve outcomes for Detroit’s youth.”
Grow Detroit’s Young Talent employed more than 8,000 youth in 2017’s program, giving them jobs at city recreation agencies and private corporations including DTE. Grow Detroit’s Young Talent was formed in 2009 by the Detroit Youth Employment Consortium, a public-private partnership developed by The Skillman Foundation.
“The DTE Energy Foundation is committed to helping young people obtain the skills that they need to succeed in the workplace,” says Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “The level of experience and mentoring provided over a summer through the GDYT program can change the trajectory of a student’s life and open their eyes to a world of opportunity.”