The 2017 Student Corps kicked off its fifth season at GM’s newly renovated Factory One in Flint, Michigan. Student Corps is a summer program pairing high school students with retired GM executives and college mentors.

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Celebrate Five Years of Enhancing
Communities and Changing Lives

GM Student Corps unites GM retirees with college and high school students to plan service projects—with transformative results.

In 2017, GM Student Corps celebrated its fifth and largest year of helping young people in underserved school districts transform their communities and jump-start their futures through paid internships, life skills training and career and college preparation. An extension of GM’s commitment to education, Student Corps matches teams of high school interns with retired GM executives and college interns to plan and execute community service projects, usually at schools and parks. The students manage all aspects of their projects, from budgeting, planning and troubleshooting to meeting deadlines.

Five years in, members of the original Student Corps cohort have graduated, entered college and are making a return to the program as mentors for new classes of students. In 2017, five school groups had a college intern who participated in the program as a high schooler.

Among them is Brittany Agee, a graduate of the Academy of Public Leadership at Detroit’s Cody Campus. Agee is now a junior at Alabama State University and credits GM Student Corps for her ability to persevere through personal losses in her childhood, finish high school and enroll in college—where she’s working toward a goal of becoming a social worker. To understand the power of the GM Student Corp program, watch Brittany’s story.

GM Student Corps

How it works

Each participating school
forms a team of
3
gm retiree
mentors
1 college intern
10 high school interns

Student
Corps 2017

150
student interns

From Metro Detroit,
Flint and Pontiac, Michigan

15
schools

In 5
years

nearly
500
interns
50+ school
improvement
projects
50+ park
renovations
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