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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 creative problem solving, interview skills, and career preparation. 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.

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Andre Ebron to Inspire the Next Generation as Keynote Speaker


As a non-profit senior leader, entrepreneur, published author, and passionate educator, Andre has dedicated his career to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our state. Currently serving as the President and CEO of Ebron & Associates and the Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Andre's impact knows no bounds. What sets Andre apart is his heart of service and leadership. Through strategic initiatives and unwavering dedication, he continuously challenges those around him to strive for excellence in both business and life. With a career spanning education and non-profit work, Andre's influence resonates throughout the community. His journey, insights, and dedication to driving positive change will undoubtedly inspire and empower the next generation of leaders in attendance at the CDC. 

See Highlights from 2023!

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Brooke Modro - Youth of the Year Winner at CDC 2023

Brooke Modro


Youth of the Year

Hartford High School

Youth Solutions

2023 Youth of the Year Winners

Saylar Alumni of the Year Winner 2023

Saylar Busher


Alumni of the Year

Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan

Lailah Youth of the Year Winner at CDC 2023

Lailah Smith


Youth of the Year

Downriver Community Conference

Southeast Michigan Community Alliance - SEMCA Michigan Works!

2023 Notable Alumni of the Year Winners

Nolan Henson Notable Alumni of the Year

Nolan Henson ’18


Notable Alumni of the Year

Flint Southwestern Classical Academy

GST Michigan Works!

Mani Mesh

Mani Mesh ’20


Notable Alumni of the Year

Windover High School

The Institute for Excellence in Education

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2023 First Place Chapter Marketing Winners

Congratulations to our 2023 Chapter Marketing winners! Their passion for JMG truly showed through their talent and creativity. Watch the 1st place video, “Windover Warriors” submitted by our youth from Windover High School!

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2023 Competitive Event Winners

JMG Bowl winners 2023
Career Prep Winners 2023
Chapter Marketing Winners 2023
Interview Skills Winners 2023
Creative Problem Solving Winners 2023
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2023 Keynote Speaker: Lasha Murray

The Unapologetic Career Coach

Lasha lives in San Antonio, TX, married almost 15 years and a proud Mom of three teenagers. She spent 22 years in a Corporate career. She recently retired from her Corporate Career to pursue her passionate purpose as a servant leader helping others achieve career success. She is known as the Unapologetic Career Coach because she, unapologetically helps Women re-ignite their inner Boss!! Her organization strives to build confidence and a safe space to empower women to elevate their career(s) and achieve the success they deserve. In addition to career coaching, Lasha also assists organizations with reshaping their culture by training leaders on how to motivate their teams through initial engagement, reengagements and connectivity to the organization's strategy and mission.

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