GRow1000 Financial Donors


With your help, we will ensure young people ages 15 to 24 have the opportunity to explore careers and see the city through a new lens. Your financial contribution will allow youth to earn a meaningful wage while:

  • Getting real workplace experience;
  • Enhancing their job readiness skills;
  • Exploring future career interests;
  • Receiving mentorship; and
  • Connecting with area professionals and education pathways.

Below are ways you can support the GRow1000 summer youth employment program:

  1. Donate any amount to support program costs and/or wages. Program costs include bus passes, culturally appropriate mentors, pre-employment training, etc. Ready to donate? Use our Donation Form.
  2. Sponsor one or more youth to be placed at a local nonprofit or small business that can provide a job opportunity but cannot support wages at this time. The cost per youth placement is $1,600.

Pay by Credit Card

Make a donation online to pay by credit card.


Pay by Check

Make check payable to City of Grand Rapids, Attn: Our Community's Children, 245 State St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503, write 2024 GRow1000 in the memo.