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
2023 - Saylar Busher - Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan
2023 - Lailah Smith - Downriver Community Conference
Where are they now?
JMG Class of 2021 at Pershing High School
If you could give someone thinking about joining JMG one piece of advice, what would it be?
DO IT! JMG is a life changing experience that will boost your confidence. You may be able to do a lot more with JMG under your belt.
Hear from our 2023 Youth of the Year
Every year, three outstanding youth from our premier program, Jobs for Michigan's Graduates (JMG), are recognized for their leadership skills at our annual Career Development Conference (CDC). Two current program participants and one alumni receive this annual recognition for their success and accomplishments in the program and beyond. All three are outstanding assets to the Youth Solutions community.
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.
Negaunee High School and Marquette Alger Technical Middle College
Ecourse Community High School
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
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 first, second and third place 2023 Chapter Marketing winners below.
2023 First Place Chapter Marketing Winners
Congratulations to our 2023 Chapter Marketing winners! Their passion for JMG truly showed through their talent and creativity. Watch the 1st place video, “Windover Warriors” submitted by our youth from Windover High School!