A program that gives young Detroiters an early opportunity to gain work experience exceeded its goal of hiring more than 8,000 kids.
The Grow Detroit Youth Talent (GDYT) program aims to prepare Detroiters between 14 and 24 years old for the city’s workforce. This year, the group hired 8,127 out of the 12,000 who applied, Mayor Mike Duggan announced on Friday, June 30. 
“We know first-hand the importance of providing summer jobs for our youth and how that experience can transform their lives and put them on a path to success,” Duggan said in a news release.  “I am extremely grateful to the many sponsors and employers who joined with us to make this program possible.”
For six weeks, starting July 10, participants will engage in training and on-the-job experiences, secure professional contacts and a pathway to a potential career. This year, participants will receive certifications such as medical first responder training, workplace safety, culinary …