At Youth Solutions, our partnerships allow us to inspire Michigan’s youth to achieve their fullest potential in education and employment. It is through these partnerships that the lives of young people are changed and communities are transformed. Consumers Energy is one of those partners dedicated to changing lives by creating opportunities for all.
Over the past several years, Consumers Energy has supported our organization and the work we do to serve Michigan’s youth in many ways. They have helped youth explore, engage, and experience the many possibilities available in the energy industry through various employer events. In addition to talking to youth and hosting them at their facilities, Consumers Energy funded a paid summer program where youth learned about the fundamentals of energy and different careers within energy. Some of our affiliates, Michigan Works! Southeast, GST Michigan Works! and West Michigan Works!, supported this program through the delivery of Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) competencies. Roger Curtis, Vice President of Public Affairs at Consumers Energy, also serves as the Advancement Committee Chair on the Youth Solutions Board of Directors and has been monumental in supporting and guiding our strategic direction. Roger will also be co-moderating our next Coffee with Purpose discussion on October 20 about the impact youth have on the future through careers in energy.
In addition to supporting our premier program, Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, through grant funding, Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded Youth Solutions a $50,000 grant in support of our new service offering, Youth Solutions Select. Youth Solutions Select supports schools in the creation of a custom, comprehensive, career development program that will help students stay engaged in school, focus on graduation, and persist to their desired postsecondary pathways.
We are grateful for the continued support from Consumers Energy in support of the youth we serve. Without the support and generosity of organizations like Consumers Energy and their Foundation, we wouldn’t be able to impact as many youth around the state and connect and inspire them to achieve a future beyond imagination.
To learn more about how you can support the work of Youth Solutions, please visit our website, https://www.ouryouthsolutions.org/get-involved.