The 10th year of Detroit’s summer jobs program for the city’s youth, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT), kicked off at DTE Energy headquarters in Detroit, opening the enrollment portal for thousands of Detroiters.   

Joi Harris, DTE president and COO, was joined by Mayor Mike Duggan, City Council members, employers, program partners and youth and community leaders to announce this year’s program.  

“DTE Energy is honored to continue our commitment to Grow Detroit’s Young Talent by providing pivotal work experiences for the city’s youth,” said Harris. “Nurturing bright, young minds and showing them a variety of career pathways is an invaluable way to enable successful futures for all.” 

More than 8,000 young Detroiters will participate this summer. 

“When we launched GDYT in 2015, we knew there was a need for a centrally coordinated approach to bring all the various summer employment opportunities together, so our young people could more easily access them,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “This is our 10th year and we are so appreciative of all of our funding partners and employment partners that have helped make GDYT a national model for summer youth employment programs.” 

DTE Energy has been a partner and supporter of this program since Grow Detroit’s Young Talent was launched in 2015. 

The GDYT program is managed every year by Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) as the lead implementation agency and fiduciary, partnering with a wide range of employers, foundations, philanthropic donors and community partners. 

Every year, GDYT makes a wide range of opportunities available to Detroit youth, from experience with numerous City of Detroit Departments including Police and Fire, and in industries ranging from IT to skilled trades to healthcare.