Coffee with a Purpose

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By way of taking action, “Coffee with a Purpose” was created; virtual conversations exploring a range of youth education and employment related topics with guest speakers who share our passion for Michigan’s young people. By giving youth this platform and encouraging them to use their voice for good, these productive conversations will enable us to listen, understand, and take appropriate actions to ensure an equal and great future for all of Michigan’s youth.

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It’s essential to encourage youth to use their voice for good. It’s equally essential to have productive conversations where we listen, understand, and take appropriate actions to ensure an equal and great future for all of Michigan’s youth.

- From the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates equality statement

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As part of Careers in Energy Week, Roger Curtis, Vice President of Public Affairs for Consumers Energy, and Mollie Waller, Youth Solutions Executive Director, co-moderated this discussion with four of our Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) youth about the impact youth have on the future through careers in energy. 

We would like to introduce the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates panel who participated in this informative and collaborative discussion:

  • Lewis Williams is a JMG Alumni from Cody High School. Since finishing school in 2018, Lewis has been an employee at DTE, working as a Maintenance Fitter Apprentice.

  • Seth Wilson is a JMG Alumni from Networks Northwest. He graduated in 2021 and quickly went into the energy sector.  He is currently an Electrical Apprentice with Atkin Electric and owns his own business, Wilson Works.

  • Zuberi Spencer is a junior and current JMG youth at Hamady Middle/High School. He was selected to participate in the Consumers Energy Summer Youth Academy. His future goal is to work in the energy industry.

  • Edrecee Taylor is a sophomore, JMG youth, and member of the National Honors Society at Hamady Middle/High School. Edrecee was also selected to participate in the Consumers Energy Summer Youth Academy where he learned about many different careers in the energy industry.

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Recordings of Our Past Events

Youth Discuss Mental Health and the Impact of Social Emotional Learning

May 12, 2022

Change Makers: Empowering YOUth through Civic Engagement

February 16, 2022

Unique Opportunities in Nontraditional Careers:

A Youth Discussion

October 6, 2021

Mental Health Awareness:

A Youth Perspective

May 27, 2021

The Pandemic's Effect on Youth Disengagement from Education and Employment

March 23, 2021

Youth Leadership Development and Civic Engagement

February 8, 2021

Striving for Racial Equity: Youth Call to Action

Part 3 of a 3-Part Webinar Series

November 10, 2020

Striving for Racial Equity: Youth Voice on Education and Employment

Part 2 of a 3-Part Webinar Series

September 30, 2020

Striving for Racial Equity: Youth Perspectives, Concerns, and Calls to Action

Part 1 of a 3-Part Webinar Series

August 13, 2020

COVID-19: The Pandemic's Impact on Michigan Youth

June 24, 2020