Speaking Up For Kids, Michigan's Children's newsletter, is published three times a year to provide updates on the activities at Michigan's Children and other organizations committed to the health and well-being of children.
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The state budget for Fiscal Year 2013 is quickly coming to completion with the House and Senate agreeing to a final budget that will now head to Governor Snyder for his signature. Read more.
Just a few years ago almost half of the 9th grade students at Cody and Osborn High Schools in Southeast Michigan were dropping out before their sophomore year. Only about 40 percent of all students there were graduating. Read more.
Read letters from Former President/CEO, and Interim President/CEO, of Michigan's Children
On Thurday, February 9th, Governor Snyder released his second state budget, giving all Michiganders some insight into his priorities and strategies for moving Michigan forward. As always, Michigan's Children is scrutinizing the proposed budget to make sure that investments in children and families, including early education and care, and dropout prevention and recovery strategies, are priorities when scarce public funds are allocated. Read more.
Your voice can help determine the impact of the 2011 Michigan Kids Count Data Book. Constituent conversation with policymakers is critical to their understanding and utilization of the data. Read more.
Read Jack Kresnak's assesment of Gov. Snyder's administration.
While one of the year's biggest snowstorms wreaked havoc outside, supporters gathered inside the warmth of the Country Club of Lansing on Nov. 29 to recognize some special people who help us achieve our vision of making Michigan the best state in America to be a child. Read more.
As we look ahead to our priorities and goals for this new year, it's also important to reflect on accomplishments and progress made in 2011. Read more.
Read a portion of 16-year-old Sare Vang's essay on Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every year too many young people in Michigan drop out of school before getting a high school diploma – 16,000 youths, or 11 percent of students who should be graduating. Read more.
Changing Child Demographics Lead to New Race Project
Approximately 31 percent of Michigan’s child population is made up of children of color. Since the 2000 Census, that percentage has grown four percent and experts predict it will be only a few decades until children of color make up the majority. Read more.
Youth Voices Events
Michigan’s Children recently hosted three youth events, continuing our mission to bring the voices of young people to policymakers. Read more.
Kids Count: Suffering Increases for Michigan Kids
The latest Kids Count Data Book released in August contains some sobering and tragic news about Michigan’s children whose suffering continues to grow in these trying economic times. Read more.
Our Life in the D
Congressman John Conyers met in August with some students participating in Our Life in the D, our innovative journalism project helping to increase civic engagement and lift up the voices of young people in Detroit. Read more.
Much Ado About Something Wonderful event
Michigan's Children invities you to mark your calendar and plan to attend our 12th annual Much Ado About Something Wonderful reception honoring elected officials and others who are doing something wonderful to benefit children in Michigan. Read more.
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