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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.

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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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Coffee with a Purpose:

Mental Health Awareness:

A Youth Perspective

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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.

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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