Industry Club will give young people business experience while getting paid

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan will open this fall its first program offering real-world experience for youth interested in retail or fashion merchandising careers.

Industry Club will be based at the Woodward clothing store Detroit is the New Black starting in September. About 200 Detroit youth, ages 14 and up, will be hired each year and earn $10 to $13 an hour.

The program will give young people the economic, cultural and social capital needed to become college, career and startup ready, said Shawn H. Wilson, president & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. They will gain real-world experience learning about business.

“I think that’s a key, especially youth of color, that’s a key to their success,” he said. “Whether they end up starting a business is irrelevant to a certain extent because the mindset of them understanding the mind of an entrepreneur gives them a competitive advantage in any workforce that they go into.”

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