June 18, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- The DTE Energy Foundation today announced plans to partner with the city of
and other agencies to fund up to 600 summer and year-round jobs for youth. The Foundation's expanded Youth Employment Initiative includes a
commitment to support city of
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
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
and other struggling communities.
At the announcement Giles was joined by
, director of the Detroit Recreation Department;
, president and CEO of City Connect Detroit,
, president and CEO of Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC);
Rebecca Salminen Witt
, president of Greening of
, 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
to provide up to 100 year-round, part-time jobs at city of
recreation centers. The foundation will provide
per year, for four years, to the DESC to manage the program.
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
to fund nearly 500 summer jobs in
and also in
and Ypsilanti. The grant supports the Grow Detroit's
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.