Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) is a six-week summer youth employment program that combines work readiness training with on-the-job experience designed to prepare Detroiters, ages 14 to 24, for Detroit’s workforce. With the help of Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit’s philanthropic and corporate leaders, our goal is to provide 8,000 youth with meaningful employment.
How The Program Works
- Workplace Readiness – GDYT youth are prepared for the workplace through at least 24 hours of work readiness training prior to placement at a worksite.
- Youth Recruitment and Matching – Eligible young people are recruited through local schools, community organizations, and the city’s workforce development system. Youth are matched with employers based on interest, ability, and accessibility. Employers can interview candidates or allow GDYT Youth Specialists to manage the entire placement process.
- Youth Support – Youth are supported throughout the summer by their assigned GDYT Youth Specialist, who helps the young person have a successful summer in the workplace. GDYT youth will also receive program shirts and bus passes to assist with attire and transportation throughout the summer.
- Employer Support – GDYT makes the employer’s job easy by providing support to ensure success! Every employer will have access to: 1) Employer Training (live or webinar); 2) Employer Tool Kit; and 3) Employer Liaisons. The GDYT program also handles HR matters and youth payroll.
There are four ways to get involved:
1. Become an Employer Partner and offer a 6-week work experience (up to 20 hours per week) at your workplace for $1,700 per youth slot.
2. Host a subsidized job experience at your worksite through a 50:50 match of $850 per youth slot if you cannot fully financially support a summer work experience.
3. Be recognized as an Affiliate Partner of GDYT for a summer employment program that you already operate.
4. Make a financial contribution to the GDYT program to support summer work experiences for Detroit youth.