Warfield, a Pastor & Police Commissioner, Tackles Unemployment in Brightmoor
Detroit, MI — Unemployment among youth and young adults is estimated to be as high as 18%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
In Detroit, often considered “ground zero” for unemployment, “estimates are as high as 50%,” said Detroit Police Commissioner Pastor Jerome Warfield. “To be placing young people who have overcome tremendous challenges, including one being a victim of the 2009 Cody Bus Stop Shooting, is extremely gratifying,” said Warfield.
Warfield has put his clout as a community leader and pastor to good use. Six years ago, he launched Trinity Community Development Center’s Summer Youth Employment Program in Brightmoor.
“We have grown from placing 10 youth in 2006 in summer employment to placing 172 young people with over 35 employers in the government, non-profit and private sectors this Friday, June 29, 2012,” he said.
Trinity Community Development Center’s Summer Youth Employment Program will place 172 young people from one of Detroit’s most economically challenged neighborhoods into paying summer jobs in such diverse organizations as: Detroit Police Department, Wayne County’s Third Circuit Court, Detroit’s 36th District Court, ten different private law firms, non-profit organizations such as Forgotten Harvest and Brightmoor Community Center, and several small businesses.
Pastor Jerome Warfield will be joined by The Honorable Margie R. Braxton, Deborah Thomas, Patricia P. Fresard and Kevin F. Robbins of Wayne County’s Third Circuit Court; The Honorable Kenneth King, Chief Judge of Detroit’s 36th District Court; Ms. Dalph Watson, Director of Personnel for Detroit Police Department; Susan E. Goodell, President & CEO of Forgotten Harvest; John Cash of John Cash State Farm Insurance; Attorneys Larry Polk, Delphia J. Burton, Don Johnson and several other entrepreneurs will hire 172 youth and young adults ages 14-24.
“We have a crisis of conscience when we see the number of young people without hope. Unemployment, a breakdown in family and support systems and other factors have led to the crime and unemployment we see in our city and region today. If a small non-profit like Trinity can train 300 youth and young adults and place over half of them with paying jobs, think of what others could do they followed suit in their communities and neighborhoods,” said Warfield.
When: Friday, June 29, 2012 – 10:30am-11:30am
Where: Trinity Community Development Center at Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church
15125 Burt Road, just south of Fenkell
Detroit, MI 48223
Benefactor Mrs. Marjorie Fisher provided funding for the Trinity Summer Youth Employment Program. Thanks to Mrs. Fisher, 172 youth and young adults from Brightmoor will earn $7.50 per hour over six weeks this summer, after their placement on June 29, 2012.