June 2021: Youth Employment Month

WHEREAS, an additional 43,000 Michigan youth, ages 16-19, are projected to seek summer employment and find jobs this season; and,


WHEREAS, the contributions of local businesses, educational institutions, government and community groups are essential to promote and develop productive summer opportunities for youth; and,


WHEREAS, summer youth employment opportunities are offered by many Michigan industries including agriculture, amusement and recreation services, lodging, camping, retail, and restaurant; and,


WHEREAS, historically, during the month of June, we encourage Michigan employers to offer meaningful, safe, and valuable work and volunteer opportunities to our youth. We urge them to recognize that hiring young people, including those with disabilities, is an investment in the future of our state and nation; and,


WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has resources for businesses, schools, and parents seeking information about legally and safely employing minors;


NOW THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as Youth Employment Month in Michigan.