- The 2021 GDYT program will surpass the milestone of 50,000 summer jobs made available to Detroit youth since 2015
- Program continues to change lives even amid COVID pandemic
- Youth applicants sign up at gdyt.org through May 1
The campaign to provide summer work experiences to 8,000 Detroit youth officially began today as Mayor Mike Duggan joined community leaders, employers, philanthropic organizations, and Detroit youth to officially launch the application period for Grow Detroit’s Young Talent. The application portal opened today at gdyt.org which will remain open until May 1.
In 2020, 8,006 Detroit youth were employed through GDYT, despite a pandemic that forced other cities to reduce or even cancel their summer youth employment initiatives. To maintain social distancing protocols, GDYT made over 6,000 of the 2020 summer opportunities virtual.
“We never considered canceling the program for a moment because we want our young people to know the value we place on them,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “We are always grateful to our partners but particularly so last year. Pivoting to an entirely new program at scale in only three months was a remarkable achievement. Whatever the status this summer, we will still make sure that our youth have the opportunity to learn new skills and earn a wage.”
While the target for total GDYT enrollments is consistent with 2020, the program will introduce several enhancements for the 2021 program year, including:
- Pre-apprenticeship programs that will usher youth into federal registered apprenticeship programs post-GDYT.
- A new, GDYT CareerEdge system to streamline youth enrollment and interactive work-readiness training.
- A GDYT App that enables instant youth communications and helps accelerate financial literacy elements.
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