Student Group Aims to Improve Detroit

Detroit has been in the news a lot lately, but for all the wrong reasons. The latest census data shows that Detroit lost 25% of its population in the last decade, shrinking to the size it was before the auto industry took off. But a student group at the University of Michigan is determined to do their part to help improve the Motor City. The group,  the Detroit Partnership, hopes to lure skeptical students to visit the city, and perhaps take another look at the stereotypes that surround it.

Photo courtesy of The Detroit Partnership.

Andrew Bahena, the group’s executive director, says the Detroit Partnership has many service events throughout the year, with students sometimes making the 45 minute trip to Detroit on a weekly basis. Its biggest event of the year is Detroit Partnership Day, set for April 2. Bahena says they’re expecting almost 1,400 students to spend their Saturday painting over graffiti, tearing down abandoned homes, and tutoring children around Detroit.

Take a look at some pictures from previous DP Day events here, and listen to Bahena describe why DP Day is important.

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