Grow Detroit's Young Talent

Grow Detroit's Young Talent

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 easier by providing support to ensure success! Every employer will have access to:

  1. Employer Training (live or webinar)
  2. Employer Tool Kit
  3. Employer Liaisons.

The GDYT program also handles youth payroll.