Amari McKinney - Bridge Academy - Youth of the Year
Amari entered JMG two years ago. She was behind on credits to graduate and didn’t have the right attitude to succeed. However, she has excelled during the pandemic and completed all necessary classes to graduate this year. She participated in a number of JMG and school activities while holding down two jobs, saving money to pay for a car, a phone, and college. Amari has expressed how much the work ready skills she learned in JMG helped her hold her first job. She shone brightly meeting with her legislator during this year's Careers in Public Service Month and was invited to participate in additional conversations around youth success in her community. Her hard work is paying off. Amari landed a full time business internship at Spectrum Health Lakeland for the summer, and plans to enroll in college in the fall to study business. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, advocacy, and teaching other young people in her community how to make better financial choices and manage their money. As a member of the student leadership committee, she is working to create change in the student culture and is helping to plan this year's graduation.