LAS is Heading to Detroit

Every year the Leadership Institute takes the freshmen LAS cohort on a service trip to Detroit.  I am extremely passionate about the rebirth of Detroit so obviously I was ecstatic when I heUnknownard about the trip.  I am so blessed to have the resources to go down to Detroit for a weekend and work with children from a local school and doing service projects for the city.

It is a great time to be around Detroit.  After years of being the unsafest and poorest city in the country, Detroit is making a rebound.  With the construction of the new Red Wings arena, to more stores and business moving downtown, more and more jobs are heading to the area.  However, this rebirth doesn’t come without a price.  Many native Detroiters are being pushed out of the area to rebuild the city.  Even though many people are trying to turn the city around, they are leaving the residents behind.  I am very intrigued to see what the people of Detroit have to say about all of the changes that are occurring.

This trip relates directly the the Leadership Institute’s purpose and vision.  The LI is providing us with the opportunity to help the communities in Detroit while also growing as leaders ourselves.  I am very excited to see what our trip has in store.

 

Detroit Abandoned Buildings

DETROIT, MI – MAY 02: Graffiti decorates the ruins of the Packard Automotive Plant, a 35 acre site where luxury cars were manufactured until the 1950’s on May 2, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Sitting on the East side of Detroit, the former automotive plant is now a site for scavengers, urban explorers and graffiti artists. (Photo by Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

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