“Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve your dreams. Make your dreams your reality.”
– Christian Dunn
In the fall of 2019, 16-year-old Christian Dunn found himself on a new path. He had fled a home, where he reported feeling “unwanted”, without a plan, but with hope for a better future. He had enrolled as a residential student on the Flint Job Corps campus where he was able to gain housing stability and in less than a month’s time was introduced to the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program. He was assigned a JMG Specialist and was able to thrive with the adult support he needed as a youth.
Aside his JMG Specialist, Christian was able to explore career opportunities and define his path forward. Over the course of a year, Mr. Dunn was offered several opportunities within the program that helped him narrow his large decision of what he wanted to be for the rest of his life. He participated in Legislative Day where he was able to meet and discuss his experience as a youth in Michigan with the State’s Legislatures. He took part in the student government, JMG’s Professional Association, becoming the President of the Organization. He went on tours, explored college programs, and prepared for employment by learning how to create a resume, as well as how to conduct himself during an interview. Christian stayed the course that he and his Specialist had made for his goals. With continued support alongside opportunities, Christian was able to develop his confidence, his voice and his leadership skills.
He created a future for himself that would lead him to his ultimate goal in politics and was striving to meet each element that it entailed. However, in March of 2020, Christian faced news that changed his stability dramatically. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Dunn was forced to leave campus and return to the situation that he had initially fled. After several months of struggling to keep up with school, and lacking the technology he needed to do so, Christian found himself homeless and about to drop out of high school. Staying in contact with his Specialist remotely, JMG was able to provide Christian with a Chromebook and assist him in finding housing stability until he was able to return to the Job Corp campus.
Through his hard work and tenacity, Christian was offered a paid work experience at Job
Corps in Administration during the Fall of 2020 developed by the JMG Team and utilizing the Ruth Mott Grant. Christian completed his GED Courses and became a Graduate on November 25th, 2020. With the support of his JMG Specialist, Christian completed his FAFSA, explored local colleges and college programs. Christian in now attending Mott Community College in his mission to work with people under the major of Social Work. Christian has served as a light in the dark and a role model for any youth to follow. Nothing has stopped this young man from moving forward towards his goals.