Coffee with a Purpose
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.
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
Coffee with a Purpose:
Mental Health Awareness:
A Youth Perspective
It doesn't matter what it takes to break the person, it matters the person is broken.
Panelist Chelsea Smith
Co-moderators, Dr. Lynn Todman, Vice President of Health Equity at Spectrum Health Lakeland, and Kristin Harrington, Executive Director of Youth Solutions, led the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates panel through this impactful and eye-opening discussion on the growing challenge of mental health in the lives of young people. If you missed the live event, be sure to watch the recording above.
Meet the JMG panelists who shared their stories and experiences:
Amari McKinney, JMG 2021 Youth of the Year, and a graduating senior from the Bridge Academy in Benton Harbor
Hannah Wyman, a member of Youth Solutions Youth Advisory Council from the JMG program through West Michigan Works! Muskegon County
Christian Dunn, a member of Youth Solutions Youth Advisory Council from the JMG program through GST Michigan Works!
Chelsea Smith, a freshman from the JMG program at Odyssey High School run by The Institute for Excellence in Education through Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!
Click here for a list of mental health resources provided by Spectrum Health Lakeland, our panelists, and attendees.
Recordings of Our Past Events
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, 2021