November 11, 2016

The Elections are Over.  Now What?

Many of us were disheartened about the rhetoric of the campaign season and now that the elections are behind us, it’s time to pull up our sleeves and get back into it. With the elections just one part of our democracy, now is the time for us to get to work in Michigan to make sure that elected officials make decisions in the best interests of our children, families, and communities – particularly those that face the most challenges day-to-day.  Read Michele Corey’s post-election blog Turning Frustration into Opportunity.  And email  if you’d like to join us for a post-election webinar on Thursday, November 17th from noon-1pm EST to discuss the election outcomes and how we will collectively continue to work strategically to ensure public policies are made in the best interest of the most vulnerable children, youth and families in Michigan.

Get In the Education Conversation

The Michigan Department of Education is holding a series of listening sessions over the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  In these sessions, they will be letting people know more about current plans to make Michigan a top ten education state and are asking for help from parents, students and other community members.  The feedback gathered will inform Michigan’s final federal education (ESSA plan), which will guide how Michigan leverages federal funding.  All of the forums will be live streamed.
  • Wayne, Nov. 29th, 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • Saginaw, Dec. 1st, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Sault Ste. Marie, December 1st, 6-9 p.m.
  • Clare, December 2nd, 1-3 p.m.
  • Mason, December 15th, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Grand Rapids, December 16th, 9-11 a.m.
  • Jackson, December 19th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Register for a Feedback Forum.   

See more about the full ESSA planning process and how you can be engaged.

Michigan Legislature Back to Work

With ballots cast and elections over, there are a total of nine scheduled days that both the Michigan House and Senate are in Lansing before the end of the legislative session.  As we’ve been saying through the fall, important legislation still await action by the Senate.  The Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Act awaits action by the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee, and needs your attention today to ensure that children in foster care can receive the services they need to thrive.
Take action on the Assurance Act.

Take a look at actions needed for Raise the Age and the school discipline changes to get to the finish line.

Youth Shine in Candidate Forums

Led by questions from young people facing a variety of challenges, candidates for office once again addressed critical issues facing our communities and our state through our three youth-led candidate forums this election season. Candidates at all three of our forums this year came away with the expectation that should they win, the issues raised should be top of their agenda.  And, youth and candidates committed to keep working together.  With election day over, Michigan’s Children and our forum partners now move forward with opportunities to consistently connect the winners with the young people they met at the forums and others served by those programs.  

Read more.

Advocacy tips to help you stand up and speak out for Michigan children. 
Build relationships with winning candidates.  Let them know about the resources that you bring, and that you stand ready to help.  They need your help whether your voted for them or not.


Staff Blogs

Turning Frustration into Opportunity, Michele Corey

Youth Lead, Candidates Follow, Briana Coleman

Continuing to Move the Dime on Literacy, Mina Hong

Recommendations From The Source, Leann Down

 Direct Quote

“I want them to know they can make a difference by doing what they did.”

-- State Rep. Tristan Cole, Youth-Led Candidate Forum Participant
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