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Detroit career-readiness program preps 8,000 young residents for work

July 16, 2019 / Valerie Bolden-Barrett

The Grow Detroit's Young Talent (GDYT) program is providing 8,281 young Detroit residents with work experience this summer, reported the Detroit Free Press. Founded five years ago by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other city officials, the program was developed to start the city's youth on early career paths and encourage them to pursue future jobs in their hometown, the Free Press reported. "We started with 2,000 in 2014, then went to 4,000, now 8,000 young people with the support of our very generous partners," Duggan said in a press conference the day of the program's seasonal launch, reported the Free Press. "And now you've got people, three, four, five years, they come back, they're in college, they're in their jobs, and this is what we're trying to do.