In 2008, a non-profit, urban school district, and private sector CEO joined forces to bring dropout prevention services to their community. What started as 76 students in a Benton Harbor, Michigan, classroom has grown into statewide youth programming aimed at impacting Michigan’s education and workforce outcomes.

Working in tandem with parent company Kinexus, Youth Solutions has experienced tremendous growth over the past twelve years. Today, we’re a separate 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. As an organization on the move, we’ve served over 16,000 young people and offered life-changing services in 43 cities with 80 programs operating each year.

View how we got where we are today and contact us to join our work in the future.

Youth Solutions Strategic Plan

When we began our 5-year Strategic Plan journey, we wanted to answer the question, “How do we plan boldly on behalf of Michigan youth while simultaneously narrowing our focus to dig in deep?” Our journey included 500+ conversations with a range of organizational stakeholders including network members, philanthropy, employers, board members, school districts, organizational partners, postsecondary institutions, and youth. Even the COVID pandemic couldn’t deter the planning effort as we remained steadfast in our commitment to deliver a compelling plan in service to Michigan’s most vulnerable young people.

At our October board meeting, the Youth Solutions Board of Directors unanimously approved the Youth Solutions 5-year Strategic Plan. We invite you to read through it and feel free to reach out if you would like to partner with us on our mission to help Michigan’s youth succeed in education, employment, and in life.

Stories of Success

Dropout Prevention

Monesha is a JMG alumna with a “can-do” attitude. Despite a range of barriers, including becoming pregnant at a young age, Monesha persevered. She is a recently graduated Certified Nursing Assistant working full-time in Detroit and earning $10.40/hour.

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Dropout Recovery

Daniell was awarded the 2017 JMG “Alumna of the Year” Award. Despite dropping out of school and becoming a young mom to two small children, Daniell completed her high school diploma in only 1.5 months and went on to secure a full-time job with benefits.

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School-to-Career

Vanessa joined JMG after struggling academically, facing troubles at home, and having significant interactions with the justice system. Working with her JMG Specialist, Vanessa graduated high school in the top 5% of her class. She has maintained her job at Burger King (even being promoted to a manager role) while attending Alpena Community College and earning high grades.

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LEAP

Tyrieke left high school at 17 and ran away from home due to family issues; he became part of the justice system shortly after. Tyrieke committed to finishing his high school education and joined JMG. Through LEAP, Tyrieke earned his high school diploma and enrolled in the Detroit Job Corps career training program. Tyrieke has set his sights on one day earning a college degree.

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