Youth Advisory Council


The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of emerging leaders who are passionate about Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) programming and want to help carry on the purpose of inspiring and connecting youth to achieve a future beyond imagination. Becoming a member of the Youth Advisory Council means being a leader, supporter, and advocate of the JMG program and fellow JMG students and friends. 

Hannah Wyman
Youth Advisory Council Chairperson

While I was going through Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, I discovered my inner strength and developed faith in myself that I can achieve anything I set my mind to. JMG encouraged me to break out of my shell, set goals, and ultimately achieve them. I joined the Youth Advisory Council to provide the same experience to other young people in Michigan and to help them grow.

West Michigan Works!

Natasha Rzanca

I believe that JMG is the reason I have become who I am today. I joined the council to share the knowledge that I have learned in the program with others and to give all the young people around the state of Michigan access to this program.

Gwinn High School

While growing up, I made my share of mistakes. I want to help other youth to not make the same mistakes whether in school or in life. YAC has given me the ability to share my story with other youth so they don’t have to learn those lessons the hard way. 

Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation


Saba Khan

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates has been a wonderful program for me to gain leadership skills, employability skills and creating lifelong connections. I'd like to become a member of the Youth Advisory Council to gain experience as a leader, organize events for the youth and support the youth in their career path. I'd like to help make the transitioning process from high school to work/college smoother for students. Not only that, I believe it is my responsibility to give back to the community.

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Michigan Works! Southwest

Mani Mesh

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates is a great program and thanks to JMG, I believe there is always a way to make things even better. I joined the Youth Advisory Council because I want to continue to improve the program and to help young people in Michigan remove barriers and learn skills that will help them be successful in their lives beyond high school.

Windover High School


Grand Rapids Urban League

I hope to develop stronger leader ship and career skills that will help me feel more confident and prepared for life after high school. I also believe this is a great opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and grow into a strong young woman.


Christian Dunn

My passion is to help people, even if that means just making them smile! Because of the YAC I have been able to help Michigan’s youth to overcome their personal barriers and gain skills they need to be successful.

GST Michigan Works!

Nolan Henson

I believe today is no better time to equip people with skills to lead for tomorrow. Leadership is not just a time period. I'm looking forward to assessing the Job’s for Michigan’s Graduates and Youth Solutions community needs and developing ideas to help meet those needs and help create even more success stories.

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Southwestern Classical Academy

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Daydreana Davis

Casman Academy

By being a part of the Youth Advisory Council, I hope to make new friends and gain valuable experience that I can use toward my future career.

Chelsea Smith

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I am so lucky to be a part of the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates program and if there is any way I can spread this opportunity to others that need it, I am gonna try my hardest to do it. I truly believe that if kids experience JMG, they will believe that they can achieve their goals a lot more. That is the way that the program has made me feel so far.

Odyssey High School

Crystal Steele

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JMG is important to me because it helps other prepare for life outside of high school and sets you up with life long mentors.

Hartford High School

What We Do

  • 3 Coffee with a Purpose Panelists

  • 10 Legislative Meetings

  • 1 Board of Directors presentation

  • JMG Alumni Logo created

  • Plan and implemented the first annual JMG Graduation Celebration

Become a YAC Member

Be a Leader


  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with fellow council members and Youth Solutions staff

  • Participate and/or volunteer in events and activities throughout the year

  • Be an advocate for Youth Solutions and a positive representation of the JMG Program



  • Network with other JMG leaders statewide

  • Professional development opportunity and resume builder

  • Increase skills in leadership, interpersonal relationships, decision-making, and public speaking

  • Plan the annual JMG Graduation Celebration

  • Work closely with Youth Solutions staff on special projects