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Detroit kicks off initiatve to connect youth with summer jobs

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DETROIT – Detroit has kicked off an initiative to give young people a head start in the working world by connecting them with summer jobs.

The Detroit Regional Chamber hosted dozens of businesses and foundation leaders at a breakfast Tuesday to announce "Grow Detroit's Youth Talent."

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the program will be an important bridge between business leaders who have knowledge to give and the youth who are eager to learn it.

"There's so many summer jobs that lead to future opportunities. In Detroit, it's nearly impossible. So, we brought every organization together under one single umbrella," Duggan said.

The six-week paid summer program -- -which starts in July -- is open to city residents who are between 14 and 24 years old. After 12 hours of job readiness training, youth will be matched with a companies.

Pay depends on age and program selection, but ranges from $7.50 to $10 per hour.

Youth are allowed to work up to 120 hours.

The program is also looking for employers who want to hire youth.

Applications are due by May 30.

Information on how to apply can be found at www.gdyt.org.