Employers and Supporters

Due to COVID-19

GDYT 2021 will continue online, paid training experiences designed to maintain social distancing and keep youth, employers and partners safe. Click here to learn more.

“This summer, GDYT will provide 8,000 summer job opportunities for Detroit youth. To donate click here, or to find out more and get involved, click here.”


Paul W. Smith

Program Description

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) is a city-wide summer job and training program that employs young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 for 120 hours. (generally 20 hours per week for 6 weeks). Youth participants are permanent residents of Detroit and have completed an application and registration process to become eligible along with work readiness training. With the help of Mayor Mike Duggan, as well as Detroit’s philanthropic and corporate leaders, our goal is to match 8,000 Detroit youth with meaningful employment and industry-led training opportunities.

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 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 – Depending on the youth’s level of participation, they receive an hourly wage or training stipend, ranging from $8.25 – $10.00 per hour. 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 five ways to partner with GDYT:

Become an Employer Partner by providing a job at your designated worksite and sponsor a 6-week paid work experience (120 hours) for $1,800 per youth. If you cannot financially support a full sponsorship, a 50:50 match of $900 per youth is available to support the 6-week paid work experience.

Become a Funding Partner and make a financial contribution to the GDYT program to support summer work experiences for Detroit youth.

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.).

Interested in growing Detroit’s young talent? Please fill out the GDYT Partner Interest Form below. If you are a youth seeking employment, please visit our Youth Application Page