GM Student Corps Members Learn, Earn and Lead

GM Student Corps Members Learn, Earn and Lead
Madison GM Corps

Since 2013, more than 500 high school students have earned a paycheck while learning real-world work skills and giving back to their communities via the GM Student Corps. This year’s Student Corps includes 129 students from 13 high schools in metro Detroit, Flint and Pontiac.

The program pairs teams of 10 high school interns with retired GM executives and college interns to plan and complete community service projects, primarily at neighborhood schools and parks.

This summer 60 GM retirees and 13 college interns are working with students to develop teamwork, leadership skills and a community service mindset. The teams work as small startups and manage all aspects of their restoration, repair and clean-up projects, from budgeting, planning and problem solving to execution.

Students also attend a financial planning seminar and engage in life skills sessions on topics such as decision-making, relationship building and resume writing. They tour GM facilities and the University of Detroit Mercy for exposure to career and educational opportunities.

Participating high schools select students based on their leadership potential, dedication, determination and academics. The college interns come from University of Detroit Mercy, the University of Michigan Flint and Ann Arbor, and Wayne State University.

The 2016 GM Student Corps schools are Central Collegiate Academy, Detroit Public Schools Cody Campus, East Detroit High School, Flint Southwestern Academy, Hamtramck High School, Harper Woods High School, Henry Ford High School, Madison High School, Melvindale High School, Detroit Public Schools Osborn Campus, Pontiac High School, River Rouge High School and Van Dyke Lincoln High School.

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