The city of Grand Rapids launched a youth employment program aimed at providing jobs for 1,000 young people.
GRow1000: Employing 1000 GR youth for a brighter tomorrow is designed for Grand Rapids residents ages 15 to 21. The city is home to more than 9,000 residents in this age group.
The program is a collaborative effort between the city and local businesses and organizations. Participating organizations will offer young people 120-hour work experiences over six weeks starting July 13.
Youth participants will earn $10 an hour for 20 hours each week. They will have the opportunity to earn up to $1,500 during the program, which goes through Aug. 21. To participate, individuals must meet the following basic requirements:
- Be between 15 and 21 years old as of July 22
- Live in the city of Grand Rapids
- Be eligible to work in the U.S.
The city will prioritize youth applicants from the 49503, 49507, 49508 and 49509 ZIP codes, as these areas have been most heavily impacted by disproportionate outcomes, including COVID-19.