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Year-Round Programs

Youth retail clerkThe Year-Round Youth Program is an ongoing 12-month program including a six-week paid summer work-experience element running from July through August. DESC works with four selected youth service providers to deliver a program that includes 14 service elements:

  • Tutoring and study skills
  • Access to alternative secondary schools or dropout recovery services
  • Paid and unpaid work experience, which may include:
  • Occupational skill training
  • Education offered concurrently with & in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation
  • Leadership development
  • Supportive services
  • Adult mentoring
  • 12 months of follow-up activities after completion of participation
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling
  • Financial literacy education
  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Services that provide labor market and employment information (includes career awareness, career counseling and career exploration services)
  • Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training

The Year-Round Youth Program has run for over 40 years in Detroit, and has a proven track record of success in helping youth from 14 -24 develop a good work ethic, employability skills and hands-on experience.  Most importantly, it can build confidence and an understanding of what businesses want from their employees.

Limited placements are available, so call DESC at (313) 664-5624 to see if you are eligible to participate, or contact one of our youth service providers today to find out how the Year-Round Youth Program could help you get on the fast track to your future career.