We have played a pivotal role in Southwest Michigan for over five decades. From the Manpower Act to CETA thru JTPA, the Private Industry Council (PIC) to Michigan Works! and now Kinexus, our efforts and services have always focused on driving the regional economy forward. In the last 50+ years, we have gone from a small federally designated workforce program to a diverse multi-faceted nonprofit organization. The journey started long ago with the belief we could make a difference with economically disadvantaged people. And has grown into a belief we can provide solutions to complex economic challenges facing our region and the state of Michigan. It’s our rich history that compels us to transform the future of our region, our communities and our neighbors.
Think of us as a hub of change agents that connect people, resources, and organizations with strategies and services that make our region, and Michigan, a great place to do business.
In 2017, we launched Youth Solutions, Inc., a premier youth opportunity non-profit delivering promising practices to our most vulnerable youth. This subsidiary organization has a vision that ensures every young adult in Michigan is educated, employed, and career-bound. Youth Solutions is capitalizing on the exponential growth of its leading program- Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG)- to bring impactful services to youth populations statewide.
The program started at Benton Harbor High School in 2008 serving 76 at-risk-youth. Today, the program serves nearly 2,300 students ages 14-26 in 57 schools and non-profit organizations across 37 Michigan cities. For more information about Youth Solutions, Inc. or to become a partner, visit the new website at www.ouryouthsolutions.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kinexus?
We are a nonprofit organization that develops solutions for the challenges that keep the economy from thriving. Our services benefit the region with three key outcomes: thriving businesses, 21st century workforce talent, and clean safe neighborhoods.
How is Kinexus funded?
As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, we attract public and private sector funding sources to provide solutions for a wide array of business, workforce, and community challenges. Individual donations, grants, fee-for-service projects, social enterprises, and legislatively directed funding are among the ways in which we fund our work.
When was Kinexus started?
We launched the Kinexus brand in April 2013 as an organization that does integrated business, workforce and community development. Prior to formulating a new mission, vision, values, and goals, the organization was focused primarily on workforce development for 15 years as Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren. We are a member of the Michigan Works! Association, which remains an important part of our workforce development division.
What’s your relationship with Michigan Works!?
Kinexus is an integrated community development organization that focuses on economic, workforce and community challenges. Michigan Works! is a department within Kinexus’ workforce development division.
Does Kinexus do Economic Development?
Yes, Kinexus has an Economic Development Partnership with Van Buren County. We are responsible for leading and fostering business retention and expansion activity while helping Van Buren County achieve its vision. For more information about Van Buren County Economic Development, contact Zach Morris at MorrisZ@kinexus.org.