Detroit Regional Chamber promotes Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Program

DRCCollaboration and job creation are two areas Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan promised to continue focusing on while delivering keynote opening remarks at the fourth annual Detroit Policy Conference.

The Mayor is calling on businesses to embrace the next generation of talent by participating in his “Grow Detroit’s Young Talent” summer jobs initiative, which the Detroit Regional Chamber made a To-Do List item following the Mayor’s keynote at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Duggan said the goal of the program, which kicked off with an event at the Chamber in January, is to unite existing job programs across the city and to better prepare students for professional careers and put them on a path toward success. In its first year, the Mayor challenged employers to hire 5,000 Detroit residents ages 14-24 between June and August. The Chamber is currently recruiting employers to participate.

Are you an employer who would like to Grow Detroit’s Young Talent? The GDYT program provides transportation (for those who do not have their own cars) and training to young workers, and matches a tax-deductible employer fee of $1000 with an additional $1000 to pay for their services. The program provides training for employers and participants, and employs teachers as liaisons.

A meeting for interested employers is scheduled from 8-9 am on Wednesday, April 29 at the Coleman Young Municipal Center, 13th floor Auditorium with Mayor Duggan. Parking will be validated at the Ford Underground Garage.  To RSVP, please go to  Additional information is available from Shawn Blanchard, Director of Youth Services, City of Detroit,, 313-628-1154.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber:
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit