DTE Energy Foundation providing jobs to youth in Detroit

DTE Energy Foundation providing jobs to youth in Detroit

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The DTE Energy Foundation announced plans to fund and support 333 summer jobs for youth in Metropolitan Detroit at the second annual Youth Employment Summit, hosted by City Connect Detroit.

With the creation of job opportunities for young people serving as the primary focus of the summit, the DTE Energy Foundation grant of $500,000 is the largest private donation toward a fundraising goal of $1.2 million to $1.5 million. The gift will go to support the "Grow Detroit's Young Talent" program, run by City Connect Detroit.

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Entitled "Homegrown Talent: Envisioning Detroit's Future Workforce - Are you Ready?", the summit will highlight the collaborative efforts of the DTE Energy Foundation and City Connect Detroit to identify hundreds of summer jobs for young people ages of 14-24.

"Summer employment is one of the best ways to help young people prepare for their future and to start them on the road to success," said Fred Shell, president of the DTE Energy Foundation and vice president of DTE Energy. "It introduces them to the demands, expectations and rewards of the workplace - being responsible, being a good team member and being proud of a job well done."

Last year, City Connect Detroit launched the community campaign, "Grow Detroit's Young Talent Program," with support from The Skillman Foundation.  The campaign raised more than $1 million to provide work experiences for 600 teens and young adults.

This year's summer jobs are designed to help hundreds of young people learn what it takes to be a good employee and to develop critical work skills that will be invaluable as they look forward to being a part of the Michigan workforce one day.

The summer jobs program begins in July and goes for six weeks. For more information on how to participate or to provide additional job opportunities call 313.879.1476 or go to www.growdetroitsyoungtalent.org.

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