Cameron Pletzke, a talented Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) youth from Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium, is a true success story. He's overcome challenging hurdles to become a published author, proving that determination, ambition, and the incredible support of the JMG program can make dreams into a reality.
Before entering the JMG program, Cameron encountered a series of substantial barriers: he hadn't obtained his GED, faced financial constraints, and had experiences with the juvenile justice system. However, the biggest challenges he faced were his struggles with low self-esteem and confidence. Having dropped out of school and lacking a support system, his dreams seemed distant and unattainable.
But Cameron didn't let these obstacles define his future. He was always passionate about writing, inspired by literary giants like Rick Riordan and television shows such as Supernatural and Stranger Things. His love for storytelling ignited a spark of hope that he could overcome his hardships and pursue a career as an author.
Cameron's life took a significant turn when he joined the JMG program, and was guided by his JMG specialist, Erin O'Rourke. Erin played a pivotal role in providing him with the confidence and reassurance he needed to forge ahead on his own. As a true cheerleader and mentor, Erin consistently offered valuable advice, guiding Cameron through the process of becoming a published author. The unwavering support and belief in his potential from Erin and his JMG program instilled in him that he could achieve his dreams.
Cameron's path to success was further solidified when he participated in the Career Readiness and Exploration Summer Program through Michigan Works!. This program not only equipped him with essential skills and knowledge but also recognized his dedication with a stipend, which he was able to use to publish his first book. In just five months, he completed a 300-page manuscript, an impressive achievement for any aspiring writer. His debut novel, "Cerberus - Into the Darkness," was officially released on October 24. To show his gratitude for Erin's support, Cameron personally delivered a signed copy of his book to her before its release.
He also organized a book signing event at his local bookstore on October 28, marking a significant milestone in his journey.
Cameron is currently working diligently towards completing his GED, showing his commitment to personal growth. Post-GED, he aims to enhance his writing career, exploring community college courses in creative writing. His significant ambitions are to see his book in the hands of 100,000 readers and creating a series of four more books. He dreams his work will someday be adapted into a Netflix series or movie. You can support this inspiring author by getting your copy of "Cerberus - Into the Darkness" on Amazon.
We are so proud of Cameron and eagerly look forward to the outstanding accomplishments he'll achieve in the future. To learn more about the inspiring stories of our youth, visit our website.