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Jobs program boards up schools; Detroiters find careers

September 26, 2015 – Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free PressYouth work boarding up vacant schools

A small army of workers descended Friday on the vacant Greenfield Park Elementary in Detroit, where they pounded plywood over broken-out windows in an effort to make the building — and the neighborhood — a little safer.

Their work is not only sprucing up the city, but also leading to new careers.

The Opportunity Detroit Youth & Trades Board-Up Program gives young Detroiters a chance to learn about the construction trade while getting paid to board up blighted buildings.

The initiative from Mayor Mike Duggan’s office kicked off in June. Workers have nearly finished their task of securing vacant schools across the city.

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