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Feb, 2017

Tesla List program teaches teens real-life skills

FLINT (WJRT) - (02/12/17) - It's a real-life lesson in becoming entrepreneurs and leaders.

The goal of the Tesla List is to get teens to be innovative, work as a unit and learn how to network.

Flint's Police Activities League is making it all happen for 11 youngsters ages 13 through 18.

They met every Sunday for five weeks.

Flint and Cleveland, Ohio are the only cities chosen for this pilot program through the Tesla Foundation.

"It was great, to be able to spend 30 hours with kids in east Cleveland and then come up and spend 30 hours with these kids up here in Flint, to start with very little, and to come out of it with a product that is scale to every PAL in America. This is all about getting comfortable in the work force, creating value, working with people you don't know, gaining trust. They don't get a lot of that in high school," said William Donovan, interim executive director of Tesla List.

Sunday was graduation day for the kids.

They had to give presentations about their products.

They were nervous, but it's all part of growing up and growing these real-life skills.

"To work together as a team, not just individuals, and it makes things go well when everybody works as a team instead of pulling things a part, the program brings everything together and works in one big unit," said Calvin McQueen who is on the Flint PAL executive board.

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