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G.R. GRow1000 Youth Jobs Program Is Back

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City of Grand Rapids
Shannon Harris

The City of Grand Rapids’ Grow-1000 program is back. It’s a teen and young adult summer jobs program that began during the pandemic in 2020. Officials say it continues to help the city’s youth in the area of career development.

“We created this Grow1000 program to really create pathways for career opportunities for young people.”

Grand Rapids City officials say they are excited to bring back the Grow1000 summer jobs program for another year. It started in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic. Shannon L. Harris is the Executive Director of Our Community’s Children.

“Really a response to the pandemic and ongoing racial injustices and the economic downtown and the city manager, Mark Washington, wanted to see something positive happen for young people in a time where so many things were uncertain.”

Harris says they’re building on the success of employing more than 600 youth over the past two summers. The city, along with new partner West Michigan Works! as well as area businesses are gearing up to employ hundreds more.

West Michigan Works! will pair youth with an employer partner-in healthcare, non-profits, city government, small businesses and more.

“They’re experts in the field of ensuring that people get connected to meaningful jobs.”

Harris say starting June 20th, Grow1000 will offer young people 120-hour work experiences over six weeks, running until July 29th. She adds this year they’ve incorporated the Grow1000 academy for 18 to 24-year-olds. They’ll received training and then be eligible for jobs for 16 weeks.

Youth applications are due May 20th. Harris says all the information can be found on the city’s website, at grandrapidsmi.gov/grow1000.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.