July 27, 2016

Learn about the Candidates; Vote in Tuesday's Primaries

Primary elections in Michigan Congressional, state House districts and some local offices take place next week when candidate fields will narrow for the November run-offs. Meanwhile, the presidential campaigns have been dominating the newscasts as the Republicans and now the Democrats nominate their contenders for the White House.

The outcome of the Aug. 2 primary vote will determine who will succeed in November in many areas of the state. Get non-partisan information about candidates and ballot proposals, personalized ballot and voting locations from the League of Women Voters' campaign info website.

On the presidential front, you can watch a live stream of the Democrats, and check out a line-up of nightly speakers through Thursday here. For a recap of the Republican National Convention with YouTube links to main speakers, click here. These major events provide important opportunities to hear what speakers are saying about issues that matter most to you.  Learn more from our national partner, First Focus.

Mental Health Association Seeks Youth Advisory Members

Youth with personal experience in mental health issues, and a passion for sharing those experiences to improve services and supports for others, are invited to serve as an advisory board member with the Association for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH).  Applicants between the ages of 15 and 20 will be considered for ACM's Statewide Youth Advisory Committee. The panel will seat up to 15 youth.

The importance of youth voice in ACMH’s peer-to-peer work was recently featured in a report by Michigan’s Children, Youths Dealing with Mental Health Challenges Find Hope in Peer Support, that discussed the program’s development and the experiences of its Statewide Youth Coordinator Krissy Dristy.  To learn more about membership in the Statewide Youth Advisory Committee, contact Dristy at, and by phone, 517-643-3314.

Feedback sought:  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking feedback from patients, families, consumer advocates and others regarding parity in mental health and substance use disorders.  A task force is collecting input via email on its website. If you are a stakeholder with suggestions on how to improve this vital health service, make sure you weigh in.

Michigan's Children Provides Youth Voice at National Dropout Conference

Michigan’s Children is taking a key role during the 2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference when it opens in Detroit in October.  Tapped for our expertise in developing youth voice, we will facilitate a block of youth-led sessions planned for school administrators, other school officials and youth-serving organizations and we need your help. Attendees need to hear from young people who have faced significant challenges, and how the education system has helped or hindered their success, and their recommendations to educators for change.  If you have a group of young people who would be interested in facilitating a workshop, please contact Michele Corey
The youth-led section of the conference takes place 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.  The conference runs from Oct. 2-5, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Click here to register and for more detailed information about other conference offerings.

Advocacy tips to help you stand up and speak out for Michigan children
Federal policy directs all of the state investment in child welfare and foster care. See our ACT NOW! page for details about how you can get engaged with that conversation. 

Direct Quote

"When politicians hear what we have to say, they carry that with them."

-- Nadila Hayes,16,
Youth-Led Candidate Forum, Detroit

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