DETROIT (WWJ) – Mayor Mike Duggan says the city is seeking to provide summer jobs for about 5,000 high school students next year in Detroit.
The mayor’s office said in a statement Thursday that the city is working with the Skillman and W.K. Kellogg foundations and Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. on “TeenWork Detroit.”
The 8-week summer work program is scheduled to start in 2015. Each teen would earn about $2,000 with half of the pay coming from $3 million in existing federal block grants.
Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. and City Connect Detroit will help connect students with jobs.
“We’ve got a significant pot of federal money, and what we’re saying to you is: If you can’t afford to hire them yourself, we’ll pay half,” said Duggan, speaking to before business and political leaders at the Detroit Region Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.
“Whether you want to pay them $8, $9, $10 an hour, we’ll pay half,” Duggan said.
Statistics show that 58 percent of kids report learning how to work on a team through their summer job, according to data cited by the city.
And, Duggan said, a study out of Boston showed that providing a teenager with summer jobs reduces crime.
“They actually looked at the same kids and the crimes they were committing during the school year, you would think when you get to the summer it’s gonna get a lot worse,” the mayor said. “Instead, those who got summer jobs, the crime they committed went down by 30 percent. This matters to us.”
Duggan’s office also says donations are being sought from businesses in the form of internships that do not require matching funds. He said, for businesses out in the suburbs, the program will arrange transportation for the students.
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