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Detroit youth offer solutions to issues facing city at Wayne Law symposium

May 13, 2014

DETROIT – Leaders and residents heard solutions for critical issues facing Detroit from high school students of the Cody Academy of Public Leadership during a symposium Friday, May 9, at Wayne State University Law School.

“Why the D? Detroit Youth Offer Solutions” was hosted by Wayne Law’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and consisted of presentations and breakout sessions on these key topics: business and employment, education, housing and neighborhoods, and public services.

The symposium featured about two dozen juniors and seniors from Cody. Over several months during winter semester, 21 Wayne Law students volunteered their time to engage the Cody students in a project to inspire interest, education and constructive thinking about Detroit. The law student mentors assisted the Cody students in formulating a set of problems and communicating them through historical research, data, personal testimonials and solutions for growth.

First-year Wayne Law student Matthew Z. Robb, who taught civics and economics last year at Cody, coordinated the law school’s involvement in the project with Professor Peter J. Hammer, director of the Keith Center.

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Former U.S. Rep Hansen Clarke, D-Mich., speaks to students during the symposium.

Students listen to speakers in a breakout session during the symposium “Why the D? Detroit Youth Offer Solutions.”

Matthew Z. Robb, a first-year law student, speaks Friday, May 9, during “Why the D? Detroit Youth Offer Solutions” at Wayne State University Law School. With him are high school students from the Cody Academy of Public Leadership.