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Workforce Development Program

The Yunion's Workforce Programs & Services is a comprehensive series of workshops, courses, and events that support and provide youth with the necessary skills to succeed and thrive in the workplace. 

The program’s focus is built upon life skills, financial literacy, and career readiness. Completion of the program will equip young people with the skills they need to secure meaningful work opportunities and students will receive a $250 stipend upon program completion.

Services Provided

Youth have the opportunity to participate in one or more programs, and be granted with a $250 stipend for each one they successfully complete!  

Pay-to-Learn Opportunities

Youth will have the opportunity to gain the necessary skills that will prepare them for success in the workforce and beyond.  Our Career Readiness Intensive program will teach skills in workplace etiquette, soft skills, time management, interviewing, and so much more!  Youth will also have the opportunity to attend college fairs and tours throughout the program.

College & Career Readiness

Youth actively enrolled in programming will be placed in a summer job experience.  

Summer Job Placement

Academic & Counseling Support

Every youth will be assigned a Career Manager that will assist them in fulfilling their professional and academic goals until they graduate from high school (and a year following)!  Career Managers assist with Check & Connect mentoring and support, job and program placements, and providing additional resources that can eliminate barriers for youth success.

Individualized Career Coaching

Talent and corporate tours introduce youth to available career paths by offering a "behind-the-scenes" look into in-demand businesses and industries.  Throughout the program, youth will have the opportunity to visit non-profits organizations, large and small corporations, and entrepreneurs to obtain real-time information regarding employer, education, and training requirements necessary to secure employment.

Career Talent Tours

Program Requirements

Must be enrolled in high school or GED program

Copy of Birth Certificate

Copy of Social Security Card

Copy of School ID

Proof of Income

Most Recent Transcript


Parent ID (Proof of Detroit Residency)

Program Descriptions

Fashion & Entrepreneurship (Spring 2023)

Youth will discover the business side of the fashion industry, investigate significant trends affecting the industry's future, and grasp how clothing brands are constructed and introduced to the market.


Social Justice (Class is full)

Youth will be introduced to the sociological and human rights concepts that are fundamental to understanding social justice. Participants will be exposed to historical and modern-day inequalities that call for the social justice movement, learning to view many topics through the lenses of race, class, and gender. 

Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy (CLASS IS FULL)

Youth will learn life-long financial education principles, concepts, and strategies by incorporating behavior economics.  Financial education modules will include Financial Attitudes and Behavior, Credit Education, Relationship Banking, and Investment Education.


STEM/Drone (Class is Full)

Youth will be exposed to STEM-based learning through Drone Technology, Coding, and other sophisticated technologies via hands-on, project-based designs dedicated to preparing and exposing participants to in-demand STEM-focused employment opportunities.

Career Readiness Intensive (CLASS IS FULL)

Youth will benefit from a specialized curriculum that covers various topics and skills inclusive of interviewing skills, workplace etiquette, career exploration, and time management. The Youth Career Readiness Program at The Yunion was designed to uplift and prepare the next generation of Detroit youth for the professional workforce.

Art Expressions (CLASS IS FULL)

Youth will explore different mediums of art such as painting, drawing, drama, dance, and writing.  They will acquire an increase in knowledge and awareness from each activity in a therapeutic setting.     

Gardening & Horticulture (class is full)

Youth will learn and provide horticulture care for the elderly, disabled, and veteran residents of the city of Detroit.  Participants will also be provided with leadership training, mentoring, financial education, reading literacy, career exploration, Drone technology, and Social Emotional learning (SEL).

Tutoring and Academic Support

In partnership with SDM2 Project Education and the University of Michigan, youth are provided with both virtual and in-person academic support.  The program aims to improve the academic performance of students in core content areas, by providing them with individual tutoring, small group literature circles, and computer center access for essay writing and research.

Program Partners

Program Sponsors

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