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Coffee with a Purpose

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We recognize that creating an inclusive and welcoming environment is essential to empowering our young people. “Coffee with a Purpose” was created to broadcast virtual conversations with youth from across the state, offering a platform to explore a range of meaningful topics, crucial to the success of their future. These productive conversations will enable us to listen, understand, and take appropriate actions to ensure a brighter, more equitable future for all of Michigan’s youth.

- From the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) equality statement

Cup of Coffee

In the final conversation of our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and YOUth series, a panel of Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) youth discussed challenges, concerns, and the changes they wish to see and how it shapes their hopes for the future. Co-moderators McKea Cooper-Miller, Youth Solutions Manager of Program Success East, and L'Tonya Felder, JMG Specialist from Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, led the panel through this important and impactful discussion that was broadcasted live, via Zoom, from Pershing High School.

Meet the JMG panel, in order as pictured above, who participated in this informative and collaborative discussion:

Arielle McCurrie, 17, is currently a senior at Pershing High School.  She prides herself in being kind and has plans to become a firefighter when she graduates high school.  She is hoping to make a difference in her community as she loves helping others.

Sarah Jones-Moody, 20, is a JMG Alumni from Pershing High School.  She loves reading sci-fi novels when she isn't busy running her styling business, Locs by Sarah. She plans to one day open her own restaurant and go back to school to become a therapist. 

Marquan Oliver, 17, is currently in his senior year at Pershing High School.  After graduation, he plans to attend college to get a degree in music, specializing in vocals.  In his spare time, you can find Marquan having fun with his husky, Kane.

MD Kolil, 16, is a senior at Pershing High School.  He is Bengali, born in the US, and his family are immigrants from Bangladesh. He loves being funny, has a great sense of humor, and he enjoys working in teams.  He plans to attend Wayne State University in Detroit after graduation.


DeAnthony Martin, 18, is a JMG Alumni from Pershing High School.  He is a model, a social media influencer with over 41 thousand followers, and also has plans to attend AMDA College of the Performing Arts in California. 

Meagan Staton
Meagan Staton

Since its inception, Coffee with a Purpose has been one of my favorite initiatives! If you want to serve young people, if you want to create a better tomorrow, you need to truly LISTEN to what our future leaders have to say about what is important to them. This format does just that! Guaranteed to be the best hour of your day, week, and month!

Manager of Program Success North, Youth Solutions

Previous Jobs for Michigan's Graduates Specialist

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Recordings of Our Past Events

Coffee with a Purpose Part 2 of a 3 Part Series Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and YOUth

May 16, 2023

Part 1: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and YOUth

February 16, 2023

YOUth and the Future of Careers in Energy

October 20, 2022

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

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