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GM Student Corps Works to Develop Future Leaders

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General Motors provides professional mentors to GM Student Corps interns, who teach the students leadership skills and also show them how to give back to their communities

Wayne State University student Tiera Pane served as a mentor to this year’s GM Student Corps, but she was also one of the program’s first interns just a few years ago
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First launched back in 2013, the GM Student Corps provides high school students in Michigan with a way to give back to their communities and acquire leadership skills, all while collecting a paycheck.

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Each year, Michigan high school students are chosen for the program based on their academics, dedication, determination, and overall potential. These students are then paired with GM retirees and college interns who work with the students to develop a community service mindset, enhance leadership skills, and learn more about the value of teamwork.

There are 129 students participating in this year’s GM Student Corps. The students come from a total of 13 different high schools and they’ll be working to plan out and then execute a variety of community service projects at schools and parks. However, this year’s Student Corps will have its hands full if they plan to outperform last year’s group, as the 2015 class was able to plant more than 700 flowers and trees, spread approximately 1,000 yards of mulch, and apply 246 gallons of paint.

“Each summer, the students perform important and valuable work at schools and parks in their communities, but just as important are the lasting relationships between our retirees and students,” said Heidi Magyar, director of GM Community Outreach and Student Corps.

This year’s students will also take part in a financial planning seminar, as well as life skills sessions on a variety of topics, including resume writing, decision making, and relationship building.

This year’s GM Student Corps program will conclude in mid-August with a sendoff from Executive Vice President of GM Global Product Development Mark Reuss.

In the program’s brief history, more than 500 high school students have earned paychecks and acquired real-world skills as part of the GM Student Corps.

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