The Youth Solution to Your Talent Pipeline Challenges

While industries across Michigan face talent challenges, it is clear that youth talent is the premier currency for future economic growth. Supported by robust employability skills, our youth are searching for exciting career pathways and want to become part of Michigan’s thriving economy. However, their search is incomplete without one major component: you, the employer.

As an employer partner to Youth Solutions and our premier program, Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, you will be able to connect to diverse and work-ready talent, while deepening commitment to your local community.

Help Shape Tomorrow’s Workforce

Remember your first job? It may have been challenging – working your way up and learning new skills – but exciting and rewarding at the same time. Regardless, it taught you a lot about the real world and yourself.

67% of young people in Michigan are searching for that same experience. Our employability skills training is dedicated to supporting those young people’s aspirations, but the course is incomplete without one major component – the employer.

By partnering with Youth Solutions, you’ll open up career possibilities for today’s young people and gain a connection to the youth talent pipeline in return.

Not only was it an honor to say I was a Whirlpool employee, it was an even greater honor to be treated like one. Everyone was treated equally and with respect, regardless of age, from the janitors to the floor managers.

— Kaleia Easterling, JMG Alumna

Connect with Young Talent

Meet your potential new hires through the following opportunities

  • Classroom visits and guest speaking
  • Talent tours to highlight your business and industry
  • Subsidized work experiences
  • Internships
  • Direct hire employees
  • Participation in local and statewide employability skills events
  • Sponsorship of local and statewide youth leadership events
  • Hiring fairs
  • Mentorship

Ready to become a Youth Solutions’ Employer Champion?

Contact Elizabeth Bernhard: 269-720-1699|

Your participation can help meet your business’ needs today while shaping the workforce of tomorrow.

Employer Spotlights

Whirlpool Corporation’s historic past and commitment to the future is rooted in Benton Harbor.
Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) began when a former Whirlpool CEO committed resources towards launching the program at Benton Harbor High School.

The Whirlpool African American Network (WAAN) has carried on this partnership, hosting the annual Whirlpool Mock Interview Day event for students in Southwest Michigan JMG programming. During this annual event, Whirlpool employees host mock interviews for JMG students, allowing them to hone their interviewing skills before they embark on real world applications. After the interviews, several JMG students are offered summer employment internships at the corporate headquarters, further illustrating the true partnership that Whirlpool Corporation brings to the state of Michigan.


Change is coming. DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are leading the way.
In the next five years, 45% of Michigan’s energy industry will retire. To build a talent pipeline into the energy sector, Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) has partnered with DTE Energy and Consumers Energy to create career exposure and training opportunities.

As employer champions, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy have provided students with essential opportunities that change the way students are planning for their future careers. Access to training facilities, mentorship programs, and educational opportunities are giving students a new path to a rewarding career.

  • Each year, Careers in Energy Week Talent Tours gives over 100 students access to energy training facilities across the state. In 2016, 79% of attendees said they are now considering a career in energy.
  • The Skilled Trades Training and Preparation Program, offered by DTE Energy to 70 JMG seniors, provides adult mentorship support for six to eight weeks, pre-apprenticeship training, college credit in the Energy Industry Fundamentals course at Henry Ford College, and training and preparation to pass most skilled trades apprentice entry exams. In addition, students receive career opportunities as electric line technicians, substation operators, gas technicians, and more.