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Introducing Youth to Careers in Public Service

Leading up to Legislative Days, February was Careers in Public Service Month. In addition to Coffee with a Purpose highlighting youth involved in civic engagement, we also held a panel discussion highlighting different public service careers. Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) programming exposes youth to different opportunities and career paths on their journey to education and career success. After polling our young people to find out what public service careers they were interested in, a panel of dynamic professionals came together to inspire and educate our youth. Youth had the opportunity to learn about careers in social work, natural resources/environmental protection, and EMTs and paramedics. Thank you to the amazing panelists for giving their time to expose our youth to their career. Presenters were:

  • Sara Tanis - PhD Program Director Horticulture and Sustainable Landscaping Kalamazoo Valley Community College

  • Tiffany Carey - Educational Coordinator National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center

  • Katie Sperling - BSW, MA Director - Arenac/Bay County Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

  • Rachel Hodge - Paramedic Medic 1 Ambulance

  • Antonio Cosme - Educational Coordinator National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center, Black to the Land, Detroit Organizer

  • Lindsey O’Neil - LMSW Social Worker Corrections Recovery Unit Supervisor Integrated Services of Kalamazoo

  • Jackson Couch - EMT Life EMS

A recording of the event can be found, here. If you would like information on speaking to our youth about your industry or business, please contact Elizabeth Bernhard, Partnership Engagement Manager,


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