Whether it’s finding resources to help young people, spending additional time with youth to help them through a unique problem or working to connect many different employers to their youth, collaboration and the power of partnerships help more young people succeed. This month, we would like to shine a spotlight on two specialists who received the Living Our Values Award for Collaboration at this year’s professional development conference, Dominque Clay and Pranvera Myftiu.
Meet Pranvera Myftiu
Out of School Specialist with ACCESS, a partner of Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA)
Why did you become a JMG Specialist? I became a JMG Specialist because of the diverse activities, advanced technology, special services, collaboration with colleges, trainings, and apprenticeship opportunities, all in support of helping youth succeed.
What inspires you about your job? Making a difference in the lives of youth and helping them to become self-sufficient.
Recall a favorite memory about being a specialist. Throughout my career, I’ve helped more than 40 students become pharmacy technicians.
What is one of the greatest challenges you face in your job? The language barrier and when young people come into the program, without skills or work experience, and expect a job with a high wage.
What is one of the greatest highlights/joys of your job? Watching my youth become successful and self-sufficient.
Why do you think JMG is so important for youth? The JMG program is a great complement to the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) program. WIOA is the bread and butter and JMG is the sunshine with a variety of activities that help young people develop skills and succeed on the job and in life.
Share your hobbies, do you have any pets, what do you like to do in your spare time? I like to read, travel and listen to symphony music. I also enjoy dancing and yoga.