Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) is a 6 week summer youth employment program that combines work readiness training with on the job experience designed to prepare 8,000 Detroiters, ages 14-24, for Detroit’s workforce.
With the help of Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit’s philanthropic and corporate leaders, we’re expanding the program to employ more young people, provide stronger work readiness training, more employer support and better coordination across summer job opportunities in Detroit.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
Workplace Readiness – GDYT youth are prepared for the workplace through 12 hours of work readiness training prior to placement at a worksite and 24 hours of ongoing training throughout the summer.
Youth Recruitment and Matching – Eligible young people are recruited through local schools, community organizations and the city’s workforce development system. Youth are matched to employers based on interest, ability and accessibility. Employers can interview candidates or allow GDYT Youth Specialists to manage the entire placement process.
Youth Support – Youth are supported throughout the summer by their assigned GDYT Youth Specialist who provides ongoing training throughout the summer and helps the young person have a successful summer in the workplace. GDYT youth will also receive bus passes to assist with transportation throughout the summer.
Employer Support – GDYT makes the employer’s job easy by providing support to ensure success! Every employer will have access to: 1) Employer Training (live or webinar); 2) Employer Tool Kit; and 3) Employer Liaisons. The GDYT program also handles youth payroll.
SERLEARNINGACADEMY IMPORTANT INFORMATION School Year 2015-2016
The school number is 313-701-0307. Please call this number for questions, information, or to report absences or tardiness.
The school fax number is 313-584-4806. Please make faxes to the attention of SER Learning Academy, Attn: Ms. Maria Jaramillo
Semester 1 starts on Monday, September 08, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. SHARP and will end on January 15, 2016. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for those who may need to arrive early. Late arrivals, unless there is an unusual circumstance or we receive a call prior to arriving, will not be allowed to enter class until next period/track.
Semester 2 will begin on January 19, 2016, and will end for the school year on May 26, 2016.
Semester 1 & 2 school session is from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Arriving late and/or leaving early will count as an absence for specific class /track without principal’s prior acknowledgement. (If you miss 7 days per term without communication, you will be dropped.)
Lunch is from 12:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. This is your only break and the only time you may use the vending machine. Late arrivals (not inside classroom) after 12:35 p.m. will be sent home for the remainder of the day.
No food or drinks are allowed in any classroom, except for closed containers that are being saved for lunch. You will be asked to throw away any open and/or visible food or drink.
Under no circumstances are students to use their cell phones during class time. Students that need to make an “emergency” phone call can do so in a staff office. If there is a family emergency, please give family members the school’s phone number to call and someone will have you step out of class.
All Hazel Park Adult Education rules and regulations will be strictly enforced. You are here to learn and ultimately to graduate with a high school diploma. We will do all we can to help you toward that goal. Please communicate with us. We can’t help you if we don’t know what is wrong!
Site Administrator, Mrs. Margrit Allen (313) 701-0307
SER Metro–Detroit Year Round Youth Program is Year Round Youth program Funded by the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Our program provides comprehensive year-round services for youth ages 16-24.
The program focuses on academic enrichment, tutoring and mentoring activities, leadership training and career guidance and counseling. SER Year Round Youth Program focuses on improving the long-term employment prospects of young people by providing:
Basic work readiness skills training
Paid work experience
Follow-up and supportive services to eligible in-school and out-of-school youth.
SER Metro-Detroit Year Round Youth Program key components are: Work Readiness, Career Exploration, and Vocational Training & Job Placement. SER Metro Year Round Youth have participated in the following career exploration and vocational training & placement programs.
Hacker Society- Grand Circus offering 60-hour introduction to Computer Application Coding training leading to stackable board approved credentials.
STEM Genius- Introduction to engineering via hands-on project based learning. In addition, the lessons plans involved adheres to the State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) guidelines. Students learn about the history of amusement park rides, medicine, robotics, and underwater robotics, and the many things that affect their success and failure.
General Serviced Department (GSD) – Seasonal landscaping and park maintenance training and work experience leading to hi-lo and pesticide credentialing.
Detroit Manufacturing systems- Manufacturing training and work experience leading to employment.
CVS/Caremark- Training and work experience in retail, shipping/receiving, pharmaceutical techs, logistics, or front end leading to pre-apprenticeship and/ or employment.
Not only SER Year Round Youth are exposed to different areas of employment, another key focus is placed on the importance of higher education. SER Year Round Youth Program provides tutoring in core subjects, homework assistance, as well as help navigating the task of applying to colleges and finding scholarships.
To participate in SER Year Round Youth Program candidates must meet the following eligibility guidelines.
City of Detroit Residency
Selective Service Registration (if applicable)
Other criteria set by the US Department of Labor
For more information on how to apply to SER Metro- Detroit Year Round Youth Program, please contact
Youth Services Coordinator
SER Metro-Detroit Year Round Youth Program
In partnership with Hazel Park School District Adult and Alternative Education, SER LEARNING ACADEMY serves to provide learners with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become successful citizens of a global society.
SER Metro-Detroit began to operate the SER Learning Academy in 2008 as part of our efforts to keep youth in school and transform their paths to the future.
SER LEARNING ACADEMY is an alternative high school for youth aged 16-19 years old. The school is unique in that it is tailored to the needs of each student. Its model combines classroom instruction with technology and enables students to learn a trade while in school. We are a high school diploma program, not a G.E.D. program.
SER LEARNING ACADEMY is structured so that students participate in academic instruction in the classroom and on the computer for part of the day and in hands-on vocational training for the remainder of the school day. Students may select from building trades and computer technology classes as a career path. Academic instruction is inclusive of all core subject areas required for high school graduation and uses a State-approved curriculum. School personnel also provide students with career and academic counseling and assistance with the transition into higher education or employment.
Prior to enrollment, a credit audit is conducted to evaluate individual student needs and an academic program, based upon the student’s needs, is created. Students meeting the Michigan Merit Curriculum graduation requirements for Alternative Education will receive their diploma. The program is small so that we are able to meet the individual needs of the students. Because of this, enrollment is conducted on a first come, first-served basis.
SER Metro-Detroit YouthBuild Construction Institute program unites education, leadership, and youth development services, along with hands-on training to assist young people become leaders of their community and pursue achievable goals that will establish a productive life. Nationally, YouthBuild is a non-profit organization which provides education, counseling and job skills to unemployed young American adults, generally high school dropouts. This program is funded by the Department of Labor and Employment and Training Department. There are 273 YouthBuild programs in the United States, with a total capacity of about 10,000 students yearly, and there are similar programs underway in over 15 countries.
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Alumni Shout Out
Jonathan Narvaez is our STUDENT OF THE MONTH because he has shown YouthBuild staff and students that anything is possible through hard work and dedication. Jonathan is a YouthBuild graduate. He was presented with the “Journey to Success” scholarship award at SER Metro-Detroit’s Amigo’s Luncheon. Currently, he is gainfully employed, an active volunteer at YouthBuild, and attends Henry Ford Community College with plans to major in Psychology. Shout out to Jonathan!