DTE Energy Foundation to Fund 600 Summer and Year-Round Jobs for Youth
DETROIT, June 18, 2013
DETROIT, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The DTE Energy Foundation today
announced plans to partner with the city of Detroit and other agencies to fund
up to 600 summer and year-round jobs for youth. The Foundation's expanded
Youth Employment Initiative includes a $1-million commitment to support city
of Detroit recreation centers over the next four years. The summer and
year-round jobs are filled and will begin in early July.
"Young talent will drive Michigan's growth," said Joyce Hayes Giles, assistant
to the chairman and senior vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy,
and chair of the DTE Energy Foundation. "We want to make sure that when
these young people are ready to enter the work force, they have the experience
necessary to get – and keep – a job," said Giles, adding that the jobs help
tackle the problem of high youth unemployment in Detroit and other struggling
At the announcement Giles was joined by Alicia Minter, director of the Detroit
Recreation Department; Dierk Hall, president and CEO of City Connect Detroit,
Pamela Moore, president and CEO of Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation
(DESC); Rebecca Salminen Witt, president of Greening of Detroit, and
participating teens and young adults.
The Foundation's Youth Employment Initiative consists of three components.
New this year, the Foundation is partnering with the city of Detroit to
provide up to 100 year-round, part-time jobs at city of Detroit recreation
centers. The foundation will provide $250,000 per year, for four years, to
the DESC to manage the program.
"Our $1-million commitment is part of a public-private partnership to support
the city's recreation centers and the families that they serve," Giles said.
"The program is significant because it provides young people from struggling
neighborhoods with jobs as well as mentoring, tutoring and other support
services to help them succeed."
In addition to the recreation center jobs, the foundation will once again
provide $750,000 to fund nearly 500 summer jobs in Detroit and also in
Highland Park, Inkster, Muskegon, Pontiac and Ypsilanti. The grant supports
the Grow Detroit's Young Talent program run by City Connect Detroit, and also
funds a similar program in Muskegon.
The foundation worked with about 30 community partners to place teens and
young adults in meaningful jobs at their agencies. The summer jobs program
runs for six weeks.
The third part of the Youth Employment Initiative is a new partnership with
the Greening of Detroit. The Foundation made a smaller grant to the Greening
of Detroit to hire 20 young people to plant trees in city neighborhoods.
"Summer and part-time jobs also help to deter crime by keeping young people
productive and focused during the idle summer months," Giles said.
For further information about Grow Detroit's Young Talent program, visit City
Connect Detroit at http://www.growdetroitsyoungtalent.org.
About the DTE Energy Foundation
The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE),
continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and
natural gas utilities. http://www.dteenergy.com/foundation.
SOURCE DTE Energy Foundation
Contact: Vanessa Waters, 313-235-7255
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