Lunch and Learn: What Michiganders Want: Investments in Children & Youth
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 Noon
Our lunch and learn this month will focus on the results of a recent statewide poll commissioned by Michigan’s Children and The Skillman Foundation focused on voter attitudes toward public funding. Querying 800 statewide voters, the poll found strong support across all geographic and demographics for greater public funding for programs that help children and youth thrive. High on their list of areas for improved funding? Career exposure (Jobs and skills training), mental health, preventing youth involvement in the criminal justice system, afterschool programs, child care and early childhood. Come explore the results with us and take away how you can use the poll in your advocacy articulations to support your priority areas.
Budget Basics: Next Steps for Investment in Michigan
Sept. 29, 2021
Thank you for attending the September 2021 Lunch and Learn: Budget Basics. Our team stands ready to assist you with any additional questions you may have around the State Budget.
Please see our full Budget Basics Debrief found here.
Have a question about a priority area in the budget? Please email Patrick Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Know: Parsing Advocacy vs. Lobbying
August 18, 2021
Thank you for attending our August Lunch and Learn! With our guest panel of leading nonprofit advocates working for children, youth and families, we had a rich discussion on how to approach advocating for the issues and people you care about without fear of crossing over into lobbying.
We greatly appreciate the panel of experts who joined us to share their experiences and insights:
- Judy Reidt-Parker, Director of the National Policy Team at Start Early (formerly the Ounce).
- Karie Ward, Executive Director, Fostering Success Michigan.
- Regina Suitt, President-Elect and Public Policy Chair, Coalition on Adult Basic Education.
Elevate your Advocacy by Expanding your Social Media Reach
June 16, 2021
Thank you for attending our May Lunch and Learn. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn for experts on how to maximize your social media platforms to reach diverse audiences and policymakers.
A special “thank you” to our esteemed panelists of moderators:
- Elishia “Jayye” Johnson, Director of Communications for Mothering Justice;
- John Karasinski, Director of Communications for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association;
- Elle Meyers, Michigan Capitol Neighborhood Reporter, Fox 47-TV News in Lansing, and
- Ty Forquer, Strategy Assistant in Strategic Engagement, Michigan College Access Network.
Click here to access a recording of the session!
“Policymaking and the Power of Sharing Lived Experiences”
May 19, 2021
Thank you for attending the May Lunch and Learn. We hope you had a rich learning experience with expert tips on how to engage the populations you work with in your advocacy work. Raising their voices is so important. Special thanks to our panel speakers:
- Christy Callahan, Director, Office of Innovative Projects, Clinton County RESA; and President, Early On Michigan Foundation
- Oogie La Mar, Director, Kent ISD Adult Education; and Advocacy Chairperson and Government Relations Liaison, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education.
- Nolana Nobles, Director of Early Childhood Programs, Capital Area Community Services
- Michele Strasz, Executive Director, Capital Area College Access Network
Click here to access a recording of the video.
“Crafting Effective Testimony with Storytelling: How to Put Your Policy Ask into Action”
April 21, 2021
April 21, 2021 – Thank you for attending Michigan’s Children’s April 2021 Lunch and Learn program. We appreciate your continued support! In particular, we thank our guest speakers, Ben Moe, president of the Michigan Network for Youth and Families, and Jacqueline, a youth from the Network who shared her experiences in telling her story.
- 5-Question Outline for Influencing Change (Youth Summit) (PDF)
- 10 Steps for Telling Your Story (PDF)
- Framing Stories for Change (Frameworks Institute)
- The lunch and learn slides. and recording.
“Prepping for Policymakers: Advocates Discuss Developing ‘Your Ask’ and Framing Your Message”
March 17, 2021
Thank you for attending Michigan’s Children’s March 2021 Lunch and Learn Series. We so appreciated the rich discussion and contributions from our panelists. Our thanks again to our terrific panelists:
- Asia Canady, Policy Specialist, Start Early
- Maha Makki, Advocacy Co-Chair, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education
- Fran Talsma, Executive Director, State Alliance/YMCA
“The State Budget Process: How to Gain Support for Kids & Families”
February 16, 2021
On behalf of the staff and partners at Michigan’s Children, thank you for attending our February 2021 Lunch and Learn: “The State Budget Process: How to Gain Support for Kids & Families.”
Whether you attended or not, though, please use the resources shared during the Lunch & Learn to learn more about strengthening your advocacy skills during the budget process.
- Please find here a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
- Access a full recording of the program.
- Learn who to talk to about your issues on our Contact Policymakers page. Find links to state lawmakers serving on key committees impacting children, youth and family issues in the state legislature.
How to Talk to Policymakers: Effective Tips for Messaging Your Issue”
January 20, 2021
On behalf of the staff and partners at Michigan’s Children, we would like to thank you for attending our January 2021 Lunch and Learn: How to Talk to Policymakers: Effective Tips for Messaging Your Issue.
Please find below the resources we shared. Thank you to our panel of experts for their generous contributions:
- Deb Frisbie, Policy and Advocacy Group Co-Lead, Kinship Care Coalition of Michigan
- Erica Willard, Executive Directors, Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children
- Sarah Plachta Elliott, Executive Director, Youth Development Resource Center (Detroit)
- Patrick Brown, Director, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education
- Matt Gillard, President, and CEO, Michigan’s Children
- Please find here a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
- Watch a brief recap of the “How to Talk to Policymakers: Effective Tips for Messaging Your Issue” program.
- You can access a full recording of the program.
- MACAE, the Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education, has shared several resources including a sample Advocacy Talking Points and a sample Legislative Engagement Timeline.
- Additionally, Michigan’s Children website is always a great resource. You can use it to explore policymaker contact information, committee assignments, etc. Visit our website here: Contact Policymakers
- How to Develop an Advocacy Plan
- 2020 MI Senate Standing Committees
- 2020 MI Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health/Human Services Committee
- 2020 MI Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12 and Michigan Department of Education
Getting to Know the 2021 Michigan Legislature: Building Great
Relationships with Incoming (and Returning) Lawmakers
December 16, 2020
Thanks to so many of you for attending our inaugural December 2020 Lunch and Learn event held on Wednesday, December 16: “Getting to Know the 2021 Michigan Legislature: Building Great Relationships with Incoming (and Returning) Lawmakers”.