Feds Award Detroit Funding for Youth Job Program

The Obama Administration is awarding Detroit $5 million to help provide job opportunities for young people in the city.

The grant money from the U.S. Labor Department is aimed at people between the ages of 16 and 29 who are neither working nor in school but who want a job.

Officials say the money will help fund a pilot project that targets youth who live in extreme poverty and those returning from being incarcerated.

As part of the effort companies including the Ford Motor Company, Penske Automotive and DTE Energy pledge to create about 2,000 jobs for those young adults.

The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, covering the year 2013, found that almost 40 percent of teenagers in Detroit were unemployed.

About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.

qklinefelter@wdet.org  

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