Get to Know Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Member - Mani Mesh

JMG Alumnus from Windover High School


What part of the state do you currently live in?

Midland, Michigan


Are you currently employed? If so, where?

I am employed as a environmental services housekeeper at MyMichigan Health.


Are you currently enrolled in secondary education or a trades program? If so, where? What are you studying?

I’m not currently enrolled but I hope to be this year or next year. When I do enroll, I plan on studying business management.


Why did you join the Youth Advisory Council (YAC)?

I joined the YAC so I could stay connected. I really enjoyed my JMG experience and I wasn’t ready to let that go and I want to be able to help others. Through the Youth Advisory Council and Alumni Network, I am able to do both.


What impact has the JMG program had on you?

The biggest impact JMG had on me was helping me be more confident in many ways. Mainly, it helped me be more confident in public speaking and helped me gain leadership skills and experience.


Why do you believe others should others fund or support the JMG program? Why is JMG important?

I believe JMG should be supported because, JMG helps so many students. JMG taught me leadership and team building skills and how to do a resume. My specialist was always there to help with anything such as FAFSA applications, other types of applications for college, jobs, etc. JMG provides youth the with life experiences that help them prepare for their future. JMG also provides fun volunteer opportunities, along with fun and educational annual events.


What is your favorite quote?

"I have not failed I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work," Thomas Edison


Which JMG events have you attended?


Career Development Conference (CDC), Leadership Days, Legislative Days, and Coffee with a Purpose


How has attending any of the annual JMG youth events helped you prepare for your future?


The way these events help prepare me for the future is by providing me with new skills and life experiences. They also allow youth to network so more resources are available to them.


What is your favorite type of ice cream?


Strawberry


What was your favorite subject in school?


Art and Anatomy/Physiology


Do you prefer sweet or salty snacks?


Sweet Snacks


What is one item on your bucket list?


Visit Bora Bora.