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GM Student Corps members will help improve neighborhoods, learn valuable life skills

GM Student Corps COURTESY PHOTO

GM Student Corps COURTESY PHOTO

DETROIT – A group of 110 Detroit-area high school students are about to begin paid summer internships as members of the brand new GM Student Corps, a program introduced May 20 by General Motors North America President Mark Reuss that combines service, education and mentoring.

The students representing 11 United Way Network of Excellence Schools will work in teams of 10 to develop and implement service projects in Detroit-area neighborhoods.

The teams are currently planning their projects. Work is scheduled to begin in mid-June and conclude in August.

Examples of service projects might include painting and cleanups at local parks, planting and tending a community garden, and setting up food banks or meal programs. Life skills sessions include career development, banking and finance, and health and safety.

In addition to managing every aspect of their projects, from budgeting to planning to implementation, the students will meet periodically with mentors for life skills sessions following a curriculum developed by Junior Achievement.

Sixty GM retirees and 12 GM student interns from the University of Detroit Mercy, where many students major in service-based programs, will help train and mentor them. Employee volunteers from team GM Cares will also assist throughout the summer.

“Improving the quality of life in our communities means more than writing a check,” said Reuss. “It also requires investing in our young people, teaching them how good it feels to see their hard work help others, and providing them with the skills they need to lead and succeed as professionals and as citizens. Once you serve, you’re hooked for life.”

Interns will be exposed to various career and educational opportunities at Focus: HOPE, Junior Achievement “Financial Park,” the GM Design Center and GM Heritage Center, the GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and the UDM campus.

Schools participating in the GM Student Corps are: Central Collegiate Academy, Detroit Public Schools Cody Campus, East Detroit High School, Hamtramck High School, Harper Woods High School, Henry Ford High School, Madison High School, Melvindale High School, Detroit Public Schools Osborn Campus, River Rouge High School and Van Dyke Lincoln High School.

Throughout the summer, students will be encouraged to document their projects on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #GMStudentCorps.

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