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Building Blocks program pays teens to cleanup Detroit

as appeared in the Detroit News on April 7, 2015

Building Blocks Launch on April 6, 2015Like many 16-year-olds, Antoine Williams is looking forward to his first job.

And by joining with others teens in the Youth Development Commission’s Building Blocks initiative, which promotes community-based projects and employment opportunities for young minorities, he also has the chance to boost neighborhoods through clean-up efforts and more.

“It’ll be good to get out,” the 10th-grader said. “I think it’ll give Detroit a chance to come up.”

The teen was on hand Monday when details of Building Blocks were reviewed during a pre-launch gathering at the Red Door Digital art gallery in Detroit.

The YDC, a city-based nonprofit, in February announced the initiative, funded by a $220,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase, officials said.

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See photos from the event here.

 

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