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Editorial: Grow Detroit's young talent now!

Posted at 7:01 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 21:48:43-04

All too often, we take what we do and say in the workplace for granted.  But if it involves a teenager, it could change their life forever.  That’s why Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s push for 8-thousand summer youth jobs is such an important “call to action”!

Last year, the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Program provided 56-hundred temporary work-related jobs.  This year, the goal is 8-thousand for a need that is even greater.  Accompanied by U.S. Deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu, the two leaders passionately asked Detroit area businesses for more help.  The six week program begins in early July.  Employers were asked to help in a number of ways that could provide valuable opportunities to young people.  Detroit is one of 10 U.S. cities where the federal government is helping local initiatives through an overall $20 million grant.   This kind of summer jobs program is a smart investment for our kids and city!

Grow Detroit's Young Talent - For more information: (313) 628-1154  MarbleR@detroitmi.gov or gdyt.org

For young people, they learn how to interview for a job and get introduced to various professions. They also learn how to act, talk and dress in the workplace, as well as the value of hard work.  For many of them, it will be their first chance to open and manage a bank account. 

For our communities, this becomes a business incubator for developing a new generation of talent.  It also helps to keep teenagers with too much idle time on their hands out of trouble.    

Simply put, it’s a big win for all involved! 

To learn more about how you can help support Detroit and Mayor Duggan’s “call to action”, go to our web site at wxyz.com.

I’m Mike Murri, Vice President & General Manager

Broadcast: April 21 - 24, 2016