Detroit Students Learn Business by Turning Blight to Beauty

Top Quote Hantz Foundation supports Detroit students in their quest to build a business by turning neighborhood blight into a viable product while cleaning up the city at the same time. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 09, 2016 - Detroit, MI - A group of teens refuse to be misjudged in an area severely affected by the decline in population and industry in Detroit. While many equate Detroit with blight, crime, and poverty, these teens are creating hope and a brighter future for Detroit and its young people.

    Shut out from many opportunities, students in Teacher Roxanne Bohanan-Turner's Entrepreneurship Class at Southeastern High School are demonstrating that they should not be underestimated. These teens saw a chance to make and sell wreaths out of grapevines growing wild throughout their neighborhood around Southeastern High School. What began as a class project guided by the Hantz Foundation and Hantz Farm's President, Mike Score, soon turned into a full-fledged business when Carhartt, the international clothing brand, partnered with the students to sell their products out of their flagship store in Detroit.

    "People say Detroit is run-down and dirty, but this is a project that's cleaning up [the city] and starting a business, so it shows that teenagers from Detroit do have business skills and know how to keep their own city clean." - Mi'Cole Owens

    The Hantz Foundation is also committed to the "1 Square Mile" surrounding Southeastern High School by working closely with its students, teachers and community members. Under the guidance of the Hantz Foundation and working with a budget of zero dollars, these teens demonstrate innovation and entrepreneurial creativity as they started a business, created a product and partnered with a major American brand. The students are using profits from their sold-out inventory to seed their next business; they have big plans for the future and look forward to continuing to defy expectations.

    PHONE: 248.304.2855 Ext. 1440 (Anthony Endress, Hantz Group)

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