Category: Transitions to Adulthood

Grow Detroit's Young Talent

Author(s):
Brian A. Jacob, Kelly Lovett and Max Gross
Key Findings:
  1. Roughly 15 percent of eligible Detroit youth apply to participate in Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, the city’s summer youth employment program.
  2. Applicants come from slightly more advantaged neighborhoods and schools, and Black and female youth are more likely to apply than others.
  3. Two years after participation, GDYT youth are more likely to remain enrolled in school, less likely to be chronically absent, more likely to take the SAT, and more likely to graduate high school.
  4. The benefits of participation are largest for youth who enter high school with the weakest academic skills.
In Detroit, 22 percent of youth ages 16 to 24 are not in school and not working.” Page 2