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Meet Mani Mesh

JMG Alumnus of 2020 at Windover High School

What’re you doing now? Did you go to college, a trade school, or into the military? If so, where?

I am currently working full time as housekeeper at MyMichigan Health Midland. I am planning on attending college within a year or two and just starting with basics while I decide what career path to take.

How did JMG help you prepare for life after high school?

JMG taught me how to make a professional resume, how interviewing works, and gave me a bunch tools to apply to college, including filling out my FAFSA, etc...

How did the JMG program impact your life?

Before JMG I was a lot more closed off and didn’t want to do any type of public speaking or leadership or, in a way, feel like I could. JMG taught me how to be a leader and it made me want to willingly participate in big events/public speaking. It made me want to continue to work with Youth Solutions to help better a program that helped me so much.

What did JMG ignite in you?

One thing that JMG ignited for me was speaking up and being a leader. I try to be a leader and help in whatever way possible and speak up more than ever for anything if it’s self advocating or public speaking, or advocating for others.

What is your favorite memory from your time in JMG?

My favorite memory from JMG was when I got to go to Legislative Day. It was amazing to go see and wander Lansing and speak to some of Michigan's legislators. My program got to speak to Senator Jim Stamas, Representative Annette Glenn and some other representatives that were walking around the center of the convention center we were in. Initially, I was pretty nervous but still had a great time. It was nice to feel heard by our legislators and see how human they actually are.

What would you say is your biggest accomplishment since graduation?

I would say getting my car. It’s not a whole lot but I worked so hard and with this new job it made it possible for me to get it.

If you could give someone thinking about joining JMG one piece of advice, what would it be?

Give the class a chance. It might be out of your comfort zone at first, like it was for me, but it has helped me in so many different ways. You get to do so many things in JMG. It’s more than just working on papers, it’s doing hands on activities, volunteer work, leadership activities and getting help with anything college related. It’s not just a regular class, it's JMG!

Share your hobbies, do you have any pets, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I have 2 dogs and a cat. When the weather is nice, I like to hangout with my dogs outside, go for walks around downtown and do some nature photography. I like to travel. I take day trips and weekend trips across the state whenever I can. I also do some gaming.


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