DETROIT (WWJ) – A downtown organization is offering a big opportunity Wednesday to young Detroiters; a chance to turn their lives around.

Focus: HOPE is holding a special job fair Wednesday. The offer – training and placement in six hundred jobs. COO Tim Dupperon says the idea is to help young people, particularly young African American men, who are considered “at risk.”

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“We placed just recently about 50 people at a recycling company and these are individuals that do not have a high school dipolma or a GED, that test at sixth grade level,” Dupperon told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill.

The group is using a grant to pay for the program and must fill the jobs in machinery and IT by September. The program is aimed at those 18 to 24 years old, but Dupperon says anyone is welcome to come down.

The jobs on offer include machinists and other skilled trades.

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“Anybody 18-24 show up and if you are older than that show up anyway, there are other programs that maybe you are qualified for,” stressed Dupperon.

The job fair is free and runs from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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For information about Focus: HOPE or for details on the Admissions process, call 313.494.4300 or stop by the Admissions office, 1200 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit, any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.