Examples of service projects might include painting and cleanups at local parks, planting and tending a community garden, setting up food banks or meal programs and others. Life skills sessions include career development, banking and finance, and health and safety.
Also, 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.
GM will pay for the budgeted student projects and provide
full-size pickups so adult mentors can transport materials and students to project sites and life skills classes.
Throughout the summer, students will be encouraged to document their projects on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #GMStudentCorps. And gm.com
will update the latest on Student Corps activities throughout the summer.
GM Student Corps members were selected based on leadership potential, overall energy, enthusiasm and grit, school activities, citizenship and academic performance. At the end of the summer, leaders from each student team will formally present their programs and results to Reuss and his staff. In addition, the GM
experience will be chronicled in a documentary filmed by UDM Professor
Leading the 60 GM retirees is former GM executive
, who retired in 2010 and is now a full-time professor of economics at the UDM.
"As retirees, we look forward to joining forces with current company leaders as a unified GM to effect meaningful change in
," said DiGiovanni, who grew up on the city's west side. "But most of all, we want this program to be rewarding, fun and life-changing for the students."
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