JMG Graduating Senior, TK Thomas, Leading by Example


TK Thomas, a senior at Flint Southwestern Classical Academy, is inspiring youth by demonstrating anything can be accomplished if you put your mind to it.

TK has been involved in the JMG Program at his high school for the past three years and credits his JMG Specialist with helping him strengthen his core values in communication, business opportunities, and most importantly, being an activist.

Throughout his high school career, TK built up an impressive resume which helped him gain admission into over 40 colleges and universities and earn college scholarship awards totaling over $1 million. He is the Salutatorian of his high school and President of the National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl Team, Graphic Design Team for the Fine Arts Department, Student Council and Michigan Youth in Government, and has completed dual enrollment classes with Harvard University and Arizona State University. When asked what advice he would give other students who are wanting to go to college and are applying for scholarships, he says “there are scholarships for EVERYTHING! The more scholarships you apply for, the more money you could possibly receive.”

TK is not only successful in his academic career, but is also very active in his community as an activist. After losing a friend to suicide, he knew he wanted to do more and decided to become a motivational speaker to encourage young people to be themselves and have the confidence to know that they are enough. When he’s not traveling for speaking engagements, he is creating an app and writing a book to help young people who may be struggling with mental health.

After high school, TK will be attending Morehouse College, an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in Atlanta, Georgia where he plans to major in Psychology and minor in Business.