Sadly, it may be too late for many of these kids.
It's too late for ALL of them. Those still living in the city are hopelessly trapped. They can't sell their houses and move out of Detroit because no one would buy them. They can't find employment because there isn't any.
There used to be a time when there were job shops all over the city and out into Roseville, Warren and Frazer. Small tool and die shops where young men could get into apprenticeships then maybe into one of the Big 3. They're all gone now........
I recently went thru a trunk of old photos that belonged to my dad and came across several which were of my grandparents house when they first purchased it in the early 1920s. It was a new subdivision in a forested area on 3 Mile Dr. on Detroits east side.
Back then, industry was taking off, plants were being built and that area was growing by leaps and bounds. Detroit continued to grow and expand for the next 50 years.
Unfortunately, Detroit has died and has fallen into a pre-industrial abyss that cant be recovered from for at least another 50 years.