Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan unveils summer jobs program

(WXYZ) - Business and education are key topics at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference and a new plan unveiled on the island Wednesday could make a big difference for Detroit's future.

The program is all about summer jobs for teens.  Detroit leaders hope it will help build a stronger city at the same time it builds stronger future leaders.

Mayor Mike Duggan unveiled the plan that would use private donations and block grant money to create jobs for teens, and not just any jobs.

"We have a commitment to make sure that young people are exposed to what this conference is talking about – entrepreneurs, to the stem career, etc.," said Skillman Foundation President and CEO Tonya Allen. 

And they need businesses to help make it happen.

"It’s a very concrete thing.  Hire a young person.  It costs about $2000 per job per person over the summer, for about 8 weeks," said Allen. 

As the city council, mayor and community groups come together to create jobs, the governor is praising state leaders for working together on the minimum wage issue.

Lawmakers passed a plan to raise it to $9.25 an hour.

 

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