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Lailah Smith: Downriver Community Conference, SEMCA - Youth of the Year

Lailah Smith, an impressive and resilient individual, has embarked on a journey of balancing her education, training, community service, and the responsibilities of being a parent to twin newborn boys. Her dedication and determination shine through her participation in both the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates (JMG) programs.

After graduating high school, Lailah's dream of becoming a nurse seemed out of reach due to financial constraints and caregiving responsibilities for her mother. However, with the support of JMG, she enrolled in the SEMCA Young Professionals Program (SYPP) program and pursued phlebotomy training, gaining not only technical skills but also essential life and employability skills.

But it was the unwavering love for her boys that provided the ultimate motivation. They became Lailah's driving force, pushing her to succeed and create a better life for them. Their innocent faces reminded her of the significance of her journey.

Lailah's commitment to making a positive impact extended beyond her own aspirations. She actively engaged in community service projects, leading the JMG coat and sweatpants drive, and inspiring young minds during 'Make a Difference Month.' Her relentless spirit and unwavering determination serve as a testament to the transformative power of perseverance, support, and the immeasurable love for one's children.

Lailah's story showcases her unwavering spirit and determination to balance responsibilities, pursue dreams, and create change. Through her story, we are reminded of the power of perseverance and the transformative impact that support and opportunity can have on an individual's life.

To hear Lailah's acceptance speech, click here.


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