The General Motors Student Corps is marking a milestone after five years of providing assistance to underserved school districts in Eastern Michigan.
The program matches teams of 10 high school interns with retired GM executives to plan and execute community projects. The students manage all aspects of the projects and are taught valuable skills in the process. In its fifth year, Pershing High and Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern have joined the nine-week-long program for a total of 15 schools and 150 interns from the area.
“GM Student Corps helps create safer, more sustainable communities, but just as importantly, it changes lives,” said Heidi Magyar, director of GM Community Outreach and Student Corps. “With help from our GM retiree and college intern mentors, these high school students learn the value of teamwork, leadership, goal-setting and community service — lessons they’ll carry with them the rest of their lives.”
In between the project work, students attend workshops to prepare them for future careers, help manage money, and sample new career and educational opportunities. In mid-August, students wrap up work and present their final results and lessons learned to Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM Global Product Development.
From there, the students’ retired GM mentors stay in touch and check in on grades, personal goals and provide further assistance even after the project is over.
It’s just one facet of GM’s commitment to preparing future generations for the jobs of the future.