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They inspire us every day; they are the heartbeat of our programs; 



Youth and Alumni of the Year

Every year, three outstanding youth from our premier program, Jobs for Michigan's Graduates (JMG), are recognized for their leadership skills. Two current program participants and one alumni receive this annual recognition for their success and accomplishments in the program and beyond. 

Year - Name - JMG Program  

2015 - Le'Trece Gonzalez - Woodcreek Achievement Center

2016 - Luke Wagner - Kalamazoo RESA

2016 - Takyeshia Spicer - Detroit Employment Solutions

2017 - Daniell Doctor - JMG-LEAP

2018 - Natasha Rzanca - Gwinn High School

2018 - DeAnthony Purnell - Flint Southwestern

2019 - Chloressa Wren - Northwestern High School

2019 - Lewis Williams - Cody Academy of Public Leadership

2019 - Caitlin Steele - Hartford High School

2019 - Tamia Clay - Benton Harbor High School

2020 - Juwan Trainer - Ingham County Jail

2020 - Cheyenne McMillion - Kalamazoo County

2020 - Kyra Gibson - Marquette Alger Technical Middle College

2021 - Melanie Gunn - Michigan Works! Southwest

2021 - Amari McKinney - Bridge Academy

2021 - Crystal Steele - Hartford High School

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Where are they now?

Kyra Gibson

JMG Class of 2020 at Marquette Alger Technical Middle College


What are you doing now? Did you go to college, a trade school, employment, or into the military? If so, where?

I am in the Nursing Program at Northern Michigan University and working as a CNA at Marquette County Medical Care Facility.

Uplifted Youth

Coffee with a Purpose 

Raising the Youth Voice


Many of our youth have taken the opportunity to be involved in our virtual conversations, Coffee with a Purpose. By giving youth this platform and encouraging them to use their voice for good, we get insider information directly from the youth we serve about topics that matter to them.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Michigan Youth
Kyra Gibson - UP Michigan Works!

Delann Pillivant - DESC

Michael Kirby - Youth Solutions

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

Tamia Clay - Youth Soutions

Mikya Coleman - SEMCA

David Carter - SEMCA

Striving for Racial Equity - Education and Employment

Karla Robles - Youth Solutions

Julius Draughan - DESC

Avery Birch - SEMCA

Striving for Racial Equity - Youth Call to Action

TeKeirdra Masters - Youth Solutions

Delann Pillivant - DESC

Youth Leadership Development and Civic Engagement

Crystal Steel - Youth Solutions

Nolan Henson - GST Michigan Works!

Kaitlyn Delong - Youth Solutions

Pandemics Effect on Youth Disconnection from Education and Employment

Juwan Trainor - Capital Area Michigan Works!

Antane Hayes - DESC

Mental Health Awareness: The Youth Perspective

Hannah Wyman - West Michigan Works! 

Chelsea Smith - Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

Christian Dunn - GST Michigan Works!

Amari McKinney - Michigan Works! Berrien Cass Van Buren

Unique Opportunities in Nontraditional Occupations: A Youth Discussion

Cheyenne Holcomb - UP Michigan Works!

Isabelle Bernard - UP Michigan Works!

LaZae Mosely - DESC

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Stay Connected

Check out some of the ways our youth can get involved and stay connected- even after graduation!


Youth Spotlight

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Talent tours put us out there to the employers in a way that made things easier.

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Career Tech Center

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Alivia Gonzales

Windover High School

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If it was not for JMG, I don’t think I could see myself in my current career and I want to provide that same opportunity for other Michigan youth.

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 program. Check out the submissions from the 2021 CDC below.