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Varnum Proudly Supports Grand Rapids’ ‘GRow 1000’ Youth Employment Program

June 24, 2020

Varnum is pleased to join in the City of Grand Rapids’ “GRow 1000” youth employment program by sponsoring the creation of five meaningful jobs for high school and college age students this summer.

“We understand how important it is for young people to have exposure to a variety of career experiences,” said Varnum Executive Partner Scott Hill. “This program provides opportunities at some of our community’s most respected institutions, and we are proud to be among those taking part in this important initiative.”

The GRow 1000 program will provide employment for Grand Rapids residents between 15 to 21 years old, with emphasis on those residing in areas of Grand Rapids most heavily impacted by disproportionate outcomes. There is a significant diversity aspect to the program, with 73 percent of eligible youths being persons of color.

Participants in the program will work 20 hours per week for a total of 120 hours over six weeks. The program also includes a training component for all participants, including workplace safety protocols, workplace etiquette, dressing for success, and stress and conflict management.

“We applaud the city for this initiative and the businesses who have made the commitment to hire or fund positions,” Hill said. “This is a good investment in our youth and the future of our community.

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