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2021 Annual Career Development Conference a Success! Winners Announced!


For the first time, the CDC was all virtual. Throughout April, JMG youth worked on competitive event submissions showcasing the skills and knowledge they have learned throughout the year. Award presentations were held May 3-7, 2021 celebrating the accomplishments of these outstanding young people. We would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and talents to help make CDC a success and to support our young people. Awards were given in four events; JMG Bowl, Creative Problem Solving, Mentorship Interviews and JMG Marketing. Congratulations to the winners!


JMG Bowl

Presented through Kahoot, this competition tests teams’ knowledge of the skills and situations related to what they learn in the program. With more than 45 teams and individuals from across the state, competing in this event, the winners should be very proud of their accomplishment. Congratulations to the 2021 winners!

Individual Winners:

1st Place: Kadaree Richardson, River Rouge High School

2nd Place: Osvaldo Hernandez, Hartford High School

3rd Place: Ashley Austin-Bowman, Benton Harbor High School

Team Winners:

1st Place: WMW Muskegon County, team of Angela Anderson, Marshall Wyman, Hannah Wyman

2nd Place: Hope Academy, team of Mia Guel, Aimeelynn Herrera, Brian Mijangos-Mendez

3rd Place: WMW Allegan County, team of Lilly Wright, Jaden Ditmars, Jonathan Diaz, and John Dalton


Creative Problem Solving

Utilizing a solutions-focused mind-set, participants deliver a 3-5 minute digital presentation of their creative ideas to address a real world problem. This year’s problem centered on student and young adult disengagement and disconnection from education, a growing concern in Michigan pre-pandemic and more concerning post pandemic. We congratulate all participants of this event and hope to implement their solutions in the future. Submissions can be watched here, on YouTube.

Congratulations to the 2021 winners!

Individual Winners:

1st Place: Shabnam Kobilova, Hamtramck High School

2nd Place: Humayun Uddin, Hamtramck High School


Team Winners:

1st Place: Lenawee/Michigan Works Southeast, team members Anissa Perez, Justin Behe, Kitten Miller, and Leonardo Trejo

2nd Place: Hartford High School Green Team, team members - Jose Rios-Lucas, Gage Gardner, Ernesto Rodarte, Miguel Tule Jr., and Robert Heflin Jr.

3rd Place: Hartford High School Ladies Team 2, team members - Crystal Steele, Kaitlyn Macmillan, Vanessa Diaz, Monica Lopez, and Karlee Scherer


Mentorship Interviews

Providing real-life interview experience, contestants were interviewed by volunteers who work in the student’s career of interest. Youth created a resume relevant to that industry and asked in a live, virtual, interview. Youth had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and mastery of career preparation and research, job attainment competencies, and networking skills. Congratulations to the 2021 winners!


1st Place: Sharon Colbert,

2nd Place Tie: Miguel Rivera and Irais Cortez, Hartford High School

3rd Place Tie: Larissa Sanchez and Amari McKinney, Bridge Academy


JMG Marketing

Youth were asked to create a 30 - 90 second digital presentation using video, photographs, music, and other media of their choice to market the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program. Their presentations were rated on brand marketing, demonstration of JMG activities, positive effect of JMG programming, professionalism, creativity, and marketing potential. Submissions can be watched here, on YouTube.

Congratulations to the 2021 winners!

Individual winners:

1st Place: Hannah Wyman, WMW! Muskegon County

2nd Place: Aaron Sinclair, Hartford High School

3rd Place: Masum Rahman, Hamtramck High School


Team Winners:

1st Place: Bridge Academy, team members, Amari McKinney, Elijah Carter, and Aryonna James

2nd Place: Hamady High School, team members, Markeese Hodo, and Alex Lenear

3r Place: Hartford Quaran, team of Irais Cortez, William Cobb III, Roberts Heflin, Jr., Miguel Tule, Jr., Gage Gardner, and Jose Rios