Mayor Duggan's office have introduced a custom program to help long-term unemployed Detroit residents back to work - JumpsStart. Adults who have been out of work for at least six month can enroll in a JumpStart program to develop their literacy, navigate career options and top-up or complete their high school diploma / GED.

Full-time participants are paid $600 per month for the first six months, then $200 per month for the next six months. Part-time participants receive half the monthly allowance for the same period.


18 participating organizations (Crain's) have been tasked with sourcing Detroiters who have been out of employment for six months or more. Incentives are paid to the organizations monthly based on progress from participants, capped at $8,800. Funding comes from the American Rescue Plan Act dollars and aims to serve 1,500-2,000 Detroiters.

How to apply

You just need to submit the following information, then you'll receive a reply to schedule your JumpStart program:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Zip Code
  • Email address
  • Phone number

The initial application shouldn't take you more than two minutes.

JumpStart is part of a range of employability initiatives introduced by the City of Detroit. There are 82 graduates of Skills for Life (paid reskilling and GED completion). A third program is Learn to Earn, targeted at adults 8th grade reading levels - earn up to $200 per week for six month to help attain a high school diploma or GED.