GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - There’s something new for youth in Grand Rapids to do this summer.
It’s a project to help students team up and work on community issues.
#GRSummerProject is open to students from sixth grade to college freshmen in the Grand Rapids area.
The coordinators met Thursday, June 7, to go over the final details before it all kicks off Saturday, June 9.
“There’s a lot of things affecting our city,” said Kamoni Gross, a Godwin Heights High School Senior.
For the project, students will identify problems around them and work with community members and organizations to find solutions.
“I’m focusing on depression and not being able to talk about it to your parents or to your friends and it’s important to me because I’ve been through it,” said Christian Duran, a Godwin Heights High School Junior.
Each team will have a mentor and receive around $1,000 of donated funds to address their community issue.
“I know a couple people that’ve been bullied before, and it's not nice,” said Larry Jackson, a Godwin Heights High School Senior.
Event organizers expect around 75 students participate, forming a total of ten teams.
They are still accepting students and mentors. You can find all the details on their website.
There will also be a concert in August to celebrate the students' work and highlight youth magicians.
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