Students in new GM program hope to help fix Detroit neighborhoods

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Although still a few years from college, Destinee Pennington, a 10th grader at Harper Woods High School, said she is interested in studying psychiatry.

But she said she is still a bit shy about talking to people, so the 16-year-old said she looks forward to using a paid summer internship for General Motors to help her meet new people while improving the community around her school.

“We’re talking about planting a lot of things, and maybe a community garden,” Pennington said.

Pennington is one of 110 students from 11 Detroit area high schools that have been chosen for the first year of GM Student Corps, a program the automaker is sponsoring to pair the high school students with GM retirees and current employees on community service projects throughout the city.

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