The Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Program provides youth employment experiences to teens and young adults ages 14 – 24. Youth participants must be permanent residents of the City of Detroit and be eligible to work in the United States.
Some of the youth who participate will come recommended from Detroit schools and nonprofits. Other youth will come from the pool of applicants who apply through the online application. The youth are screened, and surveyed for their interests before being matched with a worksite.
A majority of youth will be chosen by employers through Career Connections Fairs. At these events, employers will have the opportunity to interview candidates, and even offer positions to them on the spot. For those who choose not to participate in the Career Connections Fairs, youth will be matched and placed with you by Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation.
The youth who are eligible to work with employers are those who are at least 17 years of age, have at least 1 year of work experience, received a positive evaluation in their previous position, and have a grade point average of 2.5 or above.
The GDYT work readiness training program is based on the Empower Your Future curriculum, a proven program designed to prepare young people for the workplace. The training also includes a financial literacy component. Career Pathways and Industry Led training youth will participate in the online LRNG work readiness training. GDYT youth will receive at least 24 hours of work readiness training.
GDYT youth, ages 14-17, will be paid $8.00 per hour and youth 18 and up will make $9.25 per hour. Youth selected for Career Pathways Internships will earn $9.50 per hour. Participants are allowed to work a total of 120 hours, typically working 20 hours per week for six weeks.
The majority of the funds will cover youth wages and taxes. After wages and taxes, the remaining funds cover program expenses such as staff, insurance, supplies/materials, transportation, program shirts and IDs, operating costs, etc.
GDYT manages youth payroll for employer partners. Employers will input youth hours into the online payroll system and submit each youth’s timesheets according to the bi-weekly payroll schedule. Youth will be paid bi-weekly.
GDYT endeavors to make the Employer Partner’s job easier through several forms of support:
Employer training will be provided in late May/early June. Employers will be invited to attend a session to help them gain a better understanding of program logistics and how to offer a quality experience to youth employees. In person or webinar versions of the training will be offered.
Employer Liaisons will be assigned to assist employers and youth throughout the summer.
Employer Tool Kit
The Employer Tool Kit has been developed as a resource to assist employer partners with refining the unique components necessary for working with youth employees. Tip sheets on topics such as how to recruit staff to work with youth interns, how to design an orientation, and suggested activities for youth interns are included.
Make tax-deductible contributions payable to:
Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation
440 E. Congress Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Tax ID: 383353746
Contributions to the GDYT program are non-refundable.