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Teens in WSU's Ralph Bunche Summer Institute identify and remove invasive plants on Belle Isle

July 24, 2014

About 100 teens came together to improve Belle Isle on Thursday. With the help of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources they learned how to identify and remove invasive plants that are known to be killing native Michigan plants. They say it was wonderful to meet so many other teens who want to make a difference. "It feels great to help Detroit look better, and I love seeing a better place for everyone to live," said Jalen Hedwood, a volunteer. "There are kids who want to see their city clean, want to help out, and be part of organizations that focus on positivity and leading us to our future," said Travon Stearns, another of the volunteers. The teenage volunteers are part of The Student Conservation Association and the Wayne State University Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program.