Jobs for young people, Pistons provide grant

Posted at 4:19 PM, Mar 28, 2016

It's only March, but many young folks are thinking about summer jobs. Kourtney Friar has been hired for a summer job and said, "Summer jobs are a good experience and they look good on your resume.

Friar joined a program that gives 14 to 24-year-olds a chance to work with local companies.

It's called Grow Detroit's Young Talent and Friar is one out of 8,000 taking part in the six-week experience.

Her gig takes her to the court, but it won't be about basketball.

The Detroit Pistons announce Monday a $100,000 grant and partnership.

"Different department they will work in. HR, analytics, marketing and PR," said Arn Tellem, Vice President of the Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment. "They will get w real feel of what the business of professional sport is."

Mayor Mike Duggan is asking for businesses to take notice. He said, "It cost $1,700 for a kid for the summer. You can't afford $1,700? We will pay half.  But we need every business in this town to pitch in."

The announcement came with a bit of an impromptu interview.

Tellem explained, "They did great. I know they were a little nervous but I think they are all prepared to work hard."

"I guess I stood out and they offered me a position for the Pistons," Friar added. "I'm hoping to network a little bit."

The program runs from July through August.

The application deadline has passed, but businesses looking to employ young talent can still sign up.

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