Career Development Conference


The Career Development Conference (CDC) is Youth Solutions’ annual event where youth have the opportunity to showcase the skills they have learned throughout the year in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program. This event highlights workplace skills and knowledge, such as marketing, creative problem solving, and interview skills. Career-based competitions provide students real-world practice for future employment opportunities while volunteer judges evaluate and offer feedback to our future leaders. Moreover, inspirational speeches and student recognition allow our young people to envision and aspire towards their future careers.

Young People on Virtual Meeting

This year, for the first time ever, the CDC   will be virtual!


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Omekongo Dibinga

Dr Dibinga Inspires Youth to GROW - Give, Release, Overcome, Win 

On May 5, the JMG family was treated to a special event where Dr. Omekongo Dibinga shared his personal journey from being bullied as a child due to his unique name and low income background to finding his purpose to serve and inspire each of us to be our best by GROWing. Through poetry, rap, and moving stories, he showed how he overcame a sense of hopelessness and found a sense of belonging. “Everyone should be an UPstander, not a bystander.” If you missed the event, be sure to watch the recording. 

JMG Youth and Alumni of the Year Announcement

At the end of Dr. Dibinga's keynote speech, we announced the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates Youth and Alumni of the Year. Make sure to watch the recording if you missed it.

Awards Presentation Recordings

JMG Bowl Awards

Creative Problem Solving Awards

Keynote Speaker Dr. Dibinga
and Youth of the Year Awards

Mentorship Interview Awards

JMG Marketing Awards

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors

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