Employers and Supporters
Due to COVID-19
GDYT 2022 will continue to provide in-person and online experiences designed to maintain social distancing and keep our youth, employers, and partners safe. Click HERE for City of Detroit Covid-19 resources and information.
“I hope that you choose to continue to partner with Grow Detroit’s Young Talent as we work toward a successful GDYT program in 2022. Detroit needs strong leaders like you, and your commitment and service are examples of the best that our city has to give.”
Mayor, City of Detroit
How the Program Works
Youth Recruitment and Matching – Eligible youth are recruited through educational institutions, community organizations and the city’s workforce development system. Youth are matched to employers based on interest, skill level, and accessibility. Employers who attend a career fair are invited to interview and select candidates; otherwise, GDYT staff will manage the placement process.
Workplace Readiness – GDYT youth receive at least 12 hours of work readiness training prior to placement.
Youth Support – Participants receive an hourly wage up to $10 per hour or training stipend up to $1,200. Youth are supported throughout the summer by a Worksite Monitor, who provides encouragement and advice to ensure a meaningful placement. Participants also receive bus passes to assist with transportation, to and from their site.
Employer Support – Every employer will be provided: 1) an Employer Orientation (live or virtual); 2) an Employer Tool Kit; and 3) a Worksite Monitor/Program Liaison. DESC serves as the employer of record and manages the youth payroll process.
How to get involved
There are several ways to partner with GDYT:
Become an Employer Partner by providing a job at your designated worksite and sponsoring a 6-week paid work experience (120 hours) for $1,800 per youth.
Become a Funding Partner by making a financial contribution to the GDYT program to support summer work experiences for Detroit youth.
Become a Nonprofit Partner by serving as a Program Provider or Lead Agency through Connect Detroit.
Be recognized as an Affiliate Partner by directly hiring youth through an existing summer program that you operate.
Serve as a Mentor to a GDYT youth participant.
Volunteer to support key program components (i.e. career fairs, work-readiness training, etc.).
Explore options to provide year round and/or permanent employment opportunities to Detroit youth.