Date: April 30, 2020
Time: 9 am to 2:30 pm
Location: Lansing Center, 330 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48933

About the Event:  The Career Development Conference offers Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) youth from over 40 Michigan cities the opportunity to practice employability skills learned throughout the year. This event highlights workplace skills and knowledge, such as product design and marketing, creative problem solving, interview skills, and teamwork. Career-based competitions provide students real-world practice for future employment opportunities while volunteer judges evaluate and offer feedback to our future leaders. Moreover, inspirational speeches and student recognition allow our young people to envision and aspire towards their future careers.

About our Volunteers:  As a volunteer, you will serve as a guest judge for one of our employability skills competitions. You will be asked to evaluate our young people with a structured evaluation sheet used to score their performance and provide feedback for the youth. Your commitment will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end by 2:30 p.m. You will receive volunteer-specific information and can participate in an optional training session prior to the event. Please provide your first and second choice of the event you would like to judge. The event descriptions are as follows:

Chapter Marketing: Teams will create and assemble a digital presentation using video, photographs, music, and other media of their choice to market their local JMG program. Teams are rated on brand marketing, demonstration of JMG activities, positive effects of JMG programming, professionalism, and creativity.

Creative Problem Solving: Teams will be given a problem that a school and/or community faces. The specific scenario will be provided on the day of the competition. Teams will have 20 minutes to develop a strategy and deliver a five-minute solution/proposal.

JMG Bowl: This event is based on knowledge of JAG competencies, predominantly the 36 Work-Ready competencies. However, all 84 competencies will be utilized to determine the winner. Teams will answer questions, complete statements, or give definitions. Winners will be determined by a series of elimination rounds.

Product Design and Marketing: Each team will be given the same common household items and will have 30 minutes to design a product, create a marketing pitch, and give a three-minute presentation.

Interview Skills: Cover letters and resumes for a simulated job opening will be submitted PRIOR to attending the CDC. At the event, competitors will participate in a mock interview and be judged on response content, poise, and personal presentation.

Breakfast and lunch will be included for volunteer judges.