Program Providers

GDYT Frequently Asked Questions – Program Providers

What is a GDYT Program Provider?
A Program Provider is a school, community based, faith based or youth-serving organization with significant capacity and demonstrable youth-development experience that provides services to operate GDYT summer employment programs during a contract period with Connect Detroit.

How do I become a Program Provider for GDYT?
Interested organizations will complete and submit a proposal to Connect Detroit through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process which takes place in February. You can receive the RFP by submitting an email request to

Am I able to select youth I would like to work with my organization?
Yes. Program Providers selected by Connect Detroit for GDYT are able to select the youth they would like to work with for the summer.

How do youth to apply?
Youth will complete a web-based, on-line application found at

How will youth be assigned to my organization? How many youth will I receive?
Selected providers will be allocated a number of youth slots to fill with eligible youth and contracted to provide these youth with training and high quality work experiences. Youth slot allocations to Program Providers by Connect Detroit are based on available funding and typically range between 5 and 50 slots.

Am I responsible for covering youth wages?
No. All participating youth will be paid by Connect Detroit through the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program. Program Providers will be responsible for inputting youth hours into the online payroll system and submitting each youth’s timesheets to Connect Detroit.

How many hours are youth permitted to work?
Youth must not exceed 120 hours per program year. Youth typically work for 20 hours per week for six weeks, but are allowed to work no more than 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day.

Can I place GDYT participants at external worksites?
Yes. Work experiences can take place within the Program Provider’s organization or at worksite placements outside the agency. A premium will be placed on organizations that match youth with experiences tied to their interests and develop work based learning experiences.

Will my organization be paid for providing summer work experiences for GDYT youth?
No. Connect Detroit will not provide funding to selected providers. The GDYT program supports the youth wages only. Selected Program Providers will be responsible for covering any administrative and operational costs associated with their programs.

What is a Lead Agency? Why is my organization not a Lead Agency?
A GDYT Lead Agency is a high-performing, youth-serving organization that provides quality training and work experiences for 100 – 250 youth participants and work closely with Connect Detroit to ensure an overall successful program.

At this time, Connect Detroit has reached its capacity for Lead Agencies. The RFP process for Lead Agencies is closed.