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City announces open applications for GRow-1000 program

City of Grand Rapids

Now in its 5th year, organizers of the summer youth employment program say it continues to help local youth learn needed skills

“When we first started this program, it was in response to the pandemic, ongoing racial injustices and the economic downturn, but now we view this program as a legitimate, onramp to the world of working.”

That’s Executive Director of “Our Communities Children”, Shannon L. Harris. She says teens and young adults, ages 15-24 can once again apply for the city’s GRow-1000 Summer Youth Employment Program. This year, the city plans on hiring nearly 200 young people who can expect to earn about 13 dollars an hour, working 20 hours a week.

“They learn transferrable skills that really, they can take anywhere they go. They learn about communication, responsibility, time management, some learn a new talent or skill.”

Harris says more than 1000 will have participated in the program as of this year.

She says it’s a win-win for the young people and businesses that help guide this generation of workers. Employers include city departments, law firms, neighborhood associations and employers involved in STEAM.

Grow1000 is a six-week program that begins June 10th. Applications are being accepted until May 3rd. More information can be found at grandrapidsmi.gov.

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.
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