Applications for Grow Detroit's Young Talent (GDYT) are
being accepted until May 1, 2021 for residents ages 14 to 24.
This year marks the program's seventh. The city expects to have
provided 50,000 summer jobs since the program started.
Last summer, more than 6,000 jobs were virtual to maintain
social distancing protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic.
``We never considered canceling the program for a moment because
we want our young people to know the value we place on them,”
Mayor Mike Duggan said. “We are always grateful to our
partners but particularly so last year. Pivoting to an entirely
new program at scale in only three months was a remarkable
“Whatever the status this summer, we will still make sure that
our youth have the opportunity to learn new skills and earn a
wage,” he added.
Sponsors include DTE Energy. The city also is seeking
organizations interested in becoming sponsors or providing
summer work experiences.
``Our city's youth have come to rely on GDYT and expect
it to be there for them,'' said Marie Hocker, executive
director. ``We are immensely grateful to our partners who saw it
as an imperative to continue to offer these opportunities
despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.”