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Over 2K apply for summer jobs through Detroit program

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

Detroit — Students seeking summer employment filled out registration forms online at enrollment fairs at two Detroit churches Saturday. One fair was held at East Lake Baptist Church and the other at Greater Emmanuel Institutional COGIC.

So far, more than 2,700 teens and young adults have applied for summer jobs through the city’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program.

Earlier this month, Mayor Mike Duggan challenged businesses and foundations to participate in the six-week program. The goal is to provide 8,000 jobs for Detroit residents between 14 and 24 years of age.

Khris Calhoun brought her daughter Kelly Anderson, 16 to register online inside Greater Emmanuel Institutional COGIC.

“This is my daughter’s second year participating in the program and she got a job last summer working with small children,” said Calhoun. “I love this because it gets kids working early and experiencing the real world.”

Her daughter Kelly Anderson said she was looking forward to working again this summer.

“I volunteer a lot, and I like this program because it is for a good cause,” she said.

Hakim Miers, 15, said he was hoping to find a job doing something “hands-on.”

“And I want to make some extra money,” he said.

Debra Barber was at Greater Emmanuel with her twin daughters Tamia and Temia, 15.

“I want them to have some kind of work skills and to be inidependent,” she said.

Tamia said she is looking forward to working.

“I want to have my own money and to get a job working with computers and child care,” she said.

Her twin Temia said she also wants to earn her own money.

“And I’d like to also find a job in child care or something to do with engineering,” she said.

Kellee Miller, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation community engagement coordinator, said last year, about 8,100 found jobs, out of about 11,000 applicants.

“The benefit is providing career pathways and on the job paid work experience for six weeks,” she said. “We have had employers hire students full time from this program.”

SLewis@detroitnews.com

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