May 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Duggan program would create 5,000 summer jobs for Detroit teens

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island on Wednesday. (John L. Russell / Detroit News)

Detroit — Mayor Mike Duggan has created a new summer employment program for young people in Detroit.

“TeenWork Detroit” is expected to be a collaboration between the mayor’s office, Skillman Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation to create 5,000 jobs for Detroit teens during the summer of 2015. The initiative — announced at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference — creates an eight-week summer work program designed to create career paths.

The city will pay half of each youth’s summer employment through $3 million in federal block grant dollars. The goal is to hire 5,000 youth for eight weeks at approximately $2,000 a teen.

Detroit Employment Solutions and City Connect Detroit will assist with connecting students to jobs. The city is still seeking donations from businesses in the form of internships that do not require matching funds.

Statistics show that 58 percent of children report learning how to work on a team through their summer jobs. A study from Boston says providing a teenager with summer jobs makes the crime rate go down 30 percent, officials said.

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