Introducing youth to the variety of available careers in Michigan’s in-demand industries is essential to helping them plan for their long-term employment goals. In February, we devoted the month to a range of opportunities available in public service careers. Born out of our Legislative Day, we expanded the number of events while preserving the long-standing highlight where our youth meet with their elected officials and discuss topics of concern in their local communities. The elected officials look forward to this event annually as it connects them to their younger constituents, listening to their needs and engaging with them to come up with solutions.
Lt. Governor Garlin Gilcrest kicked off the events with an open conversation with our youth. We were honored as he shared his path to public service. It was a raw and heartfelt conversation where the youth made it clear that leaders need to follow up on the promises made. Next, Senators Jon Bumstead and Jim Stamas each shared how their families and early jobs prepared them for public service. The JMG youth learned that it takes hard work to succeed in any field, but if they find their passion, it will never feel like work. Then, a panel of diverse public sector professionals shared their varied paths to public service-connected by a common passion to help the people of Michigan. Finally, The Michigan State Police introduced youth to the wide range of careers in law enforcement.
Shout out to our dynamic interns, Nolan Henson who participated on a panel and co-moderated an event and Tekeidra Masters who joined us for a panel. You inspire not only your peers but us adults as well.
All totaled, hundreds of youth and stakeholders participated in these events. Who knows if one of our youth will become a Senator, Governor, or maybe President.