Meet Our Youth
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 - DeAnthony Purnell - Flint Southwestern
2019 - Chloressa Wren - Northwestern High School
2019 - Lewis Williams - Cody Academy of Public Leadership
2019 - Caitlin Steele - Hartford High School
2020 - Cheyenne McMillion - Kalamazoo County
Where are they now?
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.
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
Windover High School
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.