Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) is a citywide summer jobs program that trains and employs young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 for 6 weeks in July and August. Youth participants must be permanent residents of the City of Detroit and be eligible to work in the United States. There is a broad range of jobs available to the participants. Examples of jobs include: community cleanups, event planning, accounting, retail and the Junior Police or Fire Cadets to name a few. Last year, over 8,000 local youth received employment which is our goal again this year.
GDYT Jobs placements are based on a developmentally appropriate, tiered model for summer employment:
Tier 1: Career Exploration – The Career Exploration tier introduces young people to first-time work and career opportunities through community service, team projects, and job shadowing. This tier is for youth with little to no previous work experience (typically 14-16 year olds).
Tier 2: Ready for Work – Developed for young people with some previous work experience, the Ready for Work tier places youth with a host employer or in a vocational training experience, while continuing to build career readiness skills. (typically 16-24 year olds).
Tier 3: Career Pathway Internships – The competitive Career Pathways Internship tier is for young people with previous work experience and a desire to focus on a specific career pathway with a host employer (17 years or older).
Building on Success
Together, with our partners, we will:
- ensure that young adults have meaningful summer work experiences that create pathways to future opportunities
- connect young adults to professional networks and employers that can support their career goals
- introduce employers to the next generation of Detroit’s workforce
- align Detroit’s youth workforce development programs, thus streamlining service delivery and maximizing efforts to improve outcomes for youth
This year look for:
- Easy Program Access Through GDYT.org – Youth can sign up for a summer experience through the online application portal.
- Quality Experiences- GDYT has incorporated mandatory evaluations and robust data management that will help track our success. We’ve also streamlined the payroll system in an effort to eliminate errors.
- Critical Partnerships- The City of Detroit, employers, philanthropic organizations, community-based organizations, schools, unions, and trade organizations are coming together to provide opportunities to youth.