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Schools Board-Up Program Teaches Skills, Starts Careers

Early in 2015, when Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan reached an agreement with Detroit Public Board up 235 x 230Schools to take ownership of a number of their properties in exchange for forgiveness of unpaid utility bills, he faced a problem: how to secure those properties that were blighted and stop them falling further into disrepair.

The Detroit Building Authority (DBA) convened a meeting of potential partners including Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), Jenkins Construction, and Pat Devlin from the Greater Detroit Building and Trades Construction Council.

Recruiting dozens of youth from around the city, DESC provided the labor needed to board-up many of the schools as part of our Year-Round Youth Program, in association with the Mayor’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent initiative.

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