The Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) announced today a $100,000 grant and partnership with Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) to help Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s youth summer jobs program reach its goal of 8,000 jobs in 2016.
Financial commitments provided by Pistons owner Tom Gores, PS&E Vice Chairman Arn Tellem and the Detroit Pistons Foundation will support summer youth positions at PS&E and The Palace as well as placing youngsters in jobs with organizational partners Detroit PAL and SAY Detroit. The partnership will also include special “Pistons Days,” in which youngsters benefiting from PS&E’s involvement in the program will tour The Palace and receive behind the scenes career day information on job opportunities inside the sports and entertainment industry.
Since S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center opened its doors in October 2015, we have seen tremendous growth from our students. Not just in their academics but in their behavior towards each other and the confidence in themselves. This partnership with GDYT is an incredible opportunity for our kids to explore the job market and prepare them for the working world that lies ahead.
Our endless gratitude goes out to Mayor Mike Duggan for his continued support, Pistons owner Tom Gores and PS&E Vice Chairman Arn Tellem for their support in creating opportunities for our students to be the best they can be.