DETROIT (WWJ) – A foundation run by DTE Energy is teaming up with the city of Detroit to offer hundreds of jobs.

The foundation is giving Detroit $1 million to fund city recreation centers over the next four years.  As a result, the rec centers will be hiring 100 young people for year-round, part-time jobs at the rec centers.

Also up for grabs are 500 summer jobs in Detroit and several other cities, including Highland Park, Inkster, Pontiac and Ypsilanti.  Those jobs are for teens and young adults and offered through Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program run by City Connect Detroit.

“Young talent will drive Michigan’s growth,” said Joyce Hayes Giles, assistant to the chairman and senior vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy, and chair of the DTE Energy Foundation.   “We want to make sure that when these young people are ready to enter the work force, they have the experience necessary to get – and keep – a job,”  said Giles, adding that the jobs help tackle the problem of high youth unemployment in Detroit and other struggling communities.

“Summer and part-time jobs also help to deter crime by keeping young people productive and focused during the idle summer months,”  Giles said.

For further information about Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program, visit City Connect Detroit at this link.


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