Detroit Free Press: New Detroit partnership aims kids at skilled trades

Markees Drain, 22, realized that baby boomers will eventually help land him a good-paying job.

To make that happen, Drain is counting on a new effort through the Youth Career Center — a new jobs initiative aimed at Detroit youths ages 16-24 who aren’t in school or working.

The initiative, announced Thursday by Mayor Mike Duggan during a news conference at the Youth Career Center in southwest Detroit, hopes to reach 25,000 youths. The Youth Career Center has combined forces with the Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. and SER Metro Detroit for Detroit Works.

“I’ve been in the program for about two weeks,’’ said Drain. “The program is supposed to set me up to be ready to be an apprentice. I was a college student. So far, it brought my attention to learning more about trades. I really didn’t know much about painting and electrical work and carpentry.

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