March 24, 2020

Dear JMG Employer Partners:

Youth Solutions and the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates statewide network cares about you and your organizational success. We understand that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having significant impacts on our business community. We stand with you during this difficult time.

At Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates we are working statewide to help those we serve move successfully through this pandemic. Our youth and their families—who were already among the state’s most vulnerable—are likely to be hit the hardest. For this reason, we are ramping up our statewide supportive services to help them file for unemployment, secure food and essential supplies, and remain connected via technology to a supportive and caring community.

For you as a business partner, we recommend the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic’s updates as the most timely and relevant source for business and industry.

While these are challenging times, we are doing all we can to strengthen our operations so that we can deepen our ability to ensure that every Michigan young person succeeds in education, employment and in life. As we emerge on the other side of this global emergency, we will be ready to assist you with a prepared workforce who will be ready, willing and able to support your operations.

In the meantime, from all of us at Youth Solutions and the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program, we send you our best wishes for your continued good health and safety.

Warm regards,

Elizabeth Bernhard
Advancement & Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Youth Solutions, Inc.

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.