The DTE Energy Foundation Tuesday announced plans to fund and support 333 summer jobs for youth in Metropolitan Detroit at the second annual Youth Employment Summit, hosted by City Connect Detroit.

With the creation of job opportunities for young people serving as the primary focus of the summit, the DTE Energy Foundation grant of $500,000 is the largest private donation toward a fundraising goal of $1.2 million to $1.5 million. The gift will go to support the Grow Detroit Young Talent program, run by City Connect Detroit.

Entitled “Homegrown Talent: Envisioning Detroit’s Future Workforce – Are You Ready?” the summit will highlight the collaborative efforts of the DTE Energy Foundation and City Connect Detroit to identify hundreds of summers jobs for young people ages of 14-24.

“Summer employment is one of the best ways to help young people prepare for their future and to start them on the road to success,” said Fred Shell, president of the DTE Energy Foundation and vice president of DTE Energy. “It introduces them to the demands, expectations and rewards of the workplace — being responsible, being a good team member and being proud of a job well done.“

Last year, City Connect Detroit launched the community campaign, “Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Program,” with support from The Skillman Foundation. The campaign raised more than $1 million to provide work experiences for 600 teens and young adults.

“DTE Energy Foundation’s generous gift will allow us to make a tremendous step forward in transforming our community by increasing job opportunities for young people,” said Geneva J. Williams, City Connect Detroit’s founding president and strategic executive consultant. “The creation of sustainable, high-quality jobs not only has a huge impact on our youth, but also provides a great value to employers. The summit will address strategies and tactics to accelerate youth employment.”

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D – Mich.) delivered the event’s keynote address, “Growing Young Talent for the World of Work.”

Other dignitaries include Keith Cockrell, Michigan president and regional executive for Bank of America; and representatives of Mayor Dave Bing’s office. Steve Kurmas, President of Detroit Edison and Larry Steward, Vice President of Human Resources represented DTE Energy at the summit.  

This year’s summer jobs are designed to help hundreds of young people learn what it takes to be a good employee and to develop critical work skills that will be invaluable as they look forward to being a part of the Michigan workforce one day.

“Support for summer employment programs like this is a critical element in a young person’s future success,” Shell said. “It speaks to the need to develop Michigan’s future workforce now, as well as, promote the importance of cultivating home-grown talent at an early age.”

The summer jobs program begins in July and goes for six weeks. For more information on how to participate or to provide additional job opportunities call (313) 879-1476 or go to

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its principal operating subsidiaries, Detroit Edison and MichCon. 

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City Connect Detroit, celebrating its 10th year, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that facilitates public and private sector solutions to community problems and raises funding to support these solutions. Since its inception, City Connect Detroit has secured more than $114 million for Detroit-area initiatives supporting a wide array of community development projects.

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Comments (7)
  1. Tyresha D says:

    I am a teen trying to get involved on some of the jobs. How can I go about doing this, and where can I sign up at? =)

  2. Tashyla E says:

    Hello I am a teen that’s tryin to get involved with any of you guys summer jobs. How can i go about doing this , and where would i sign up at…?

  3. Iilu Dena says:

    My Name Is Denate Pollard
    I Am In The 10th Grade
    Lookinq For Summer Jobs I
    Really Need This Opportunity
    3717 NOTTINGHAM 48224

  4. Le'Asia Reed says:

    Hi, I called the number and got sighned up and was caled back to get the site that gives more information on the summer jobs Im now waiting for the jobs to be posted up there when will that be?

  5. Denard Nickson says:

    I’m Denard Nickson looking forward to this opportunity of growth with DTE’s summer program. i called the number and was referred to this site im currently awaiting the job posts. If there is an extra step i must go through please contact me at 2489066054 and thanks again for the opportunity.

  6. Dwight Bennett says:

    D. Bennett
    I am home from college and am currently seeking a summer job. I am not certain what the process is for completing an application. Please contact me via email at

  7. Joaquin Hunter says:

    Im 16 in the 11 grade and really need a job

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