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Meet Our Youth

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

OUR YOUTH. 

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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

2022 - Delann Pillivant - Pershing High School

2022 - Samantha Finch - Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College

2022 - Irais Cortez - Hartford High School

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Where are they now?

Crystal Steele

JMG Class of 2021 at Hartford High School

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

I'm an assistant coach for varsity cheer and also working at Harding’s.

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Coffee with a Purpose 

Raising the Youth Voice

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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!

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Youth Spotlight

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Attending college classes as a high school student and speaking about my experiences in public — it’s scary, but my Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates experiences prepared me for it. Being a female in a male-dominated field could be intimidating, but with more young ladies as mentors and apprentices, it’s less scary. It’s now my reality and my goal.

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Cheyenne Holcomb

Negaunee High School and Marquette Alger Technical Middle College

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Cardaja Harkins

Ecourse Community High School

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JMG has meant a great deal to me. It has taught me so much about my schooling and has also lead me on the right path to my future. 

Career Development Conference 

Submissions

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 2022 CDC below. 

2022 First Place Chapter Marketing Winners

Congratulations to our our 2022 Chapter Marketing winners! Their passion for JMG truly showed through their talent and creativity. Watch the 1st place video, “Our Voices, Our Choices” submitted by our youth from Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan!