Join Fellow Statewide Advocates for a Michigan’s Children
Lunch & Learn Program:

Looking Back at 2021
Policy Highlights and Investment Wins for Children & Families
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Noon to 1 p.m.

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2021 has been one of the most consequential years in recent history with historic investments in children, youth and families and public policy accomplishments.

Join the staff of Michigan’s Children – and key partners working on behalf of the state’s children, youth and families – as we recap the year in policy wins around early childhood, youth transitions, and adult skill building.

It takes place at our next Lunch and Learn on Dec. 15, 2021 (12:00 p.m to 1:00 pm.)

We’ll highlight notable funding areas and underscore where advocates and providers can be engaged in their spheres of influence.

We will also highlight what we’re watching for as we turn the page into a new year.
Questions/comments from participants are encouraged!

Register today by clicking here.


The State of Afterschool in Michigan: Critical Programming for Children and Families
Nov. 17, 2021

 

Thank you for attending the November 2021 Lunch and Learn: The State of Afterschool in Michigan. We appreciated the dialogue on current challenges and opportunities facing providers. It was also important to focus on emerging trends as we turn the corner into a new year and key statewide and federal investments around after-school programming.

Thank you to our expert panel for sharing their professional experiences on what are the most pressing issues facing out of school time providers:

  • Brian Puffer, Director of Community Education, Saline Area Schools
  • Erin Skene-Pratt, Executive Director, Michigan Afterschool Partnership
  • Rebecca Idzikowski, Projet Director, 21st CCLC SPARKS

The following resources might be helpful:

A link to the recording of Lunch and Learn can be found here.
A copy of the PPT can be found here.
What Michiganders Want – Advocacy Packet

Have a question about this month’s Lunch and Learn? Please email Patrick Brown at patrick@michiganschildren.org.


Lunch and Learn: What Michiganders Want: Investments in Children & Youth
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021

Thank you for attending our October program, “What Michiganders Want: Investments in Children & Youth.” We’re grateful to our special guests, Sheryl Goldberg, Executive Director for the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, and Meg Blinkiewicz, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Youth Development Network, for joining us and offering their expertise on advocating for children. And thank you to our moderator and panelist, Patrick Brown, executive director of the Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education. If you missed the program or would like to revisit it, here’s a link to a recording of the conversation!


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.

  • A link to the recording of Lunch and Learn can be found here.
  • A copy of the PPT can be found here.

Have a question about a priority area in the budget? Please email Patrick Brown at patrick@michiganschildren.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.

In case you missed it, you can view the recording of the program here. View the meeting’s slide deck here.


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.

Resources:
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

Resources:

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.

Resources:



“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

Resources:
You can find a recording of the session here. and a copy of the PowerPoint here.


“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.

Resources:

  1. Please find here a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Access a full recording of the program.
  3. 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.

If you have a moment, please give us feedback by clicking here so we can improve our lunch and learn opportunities.

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

Resources:

  1. Please find here a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Watch a brief recap of the “How to Talk to Policymakers: Effective Tips for Messaging Your Issue” program.
  3. You can access a full recording of the program.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. How to Develop an Advocacy Plan
  7. 2020 MI Senate Standing Committees
  8. 2020 MI Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health/Human Services Committee
  9. 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”.

If you have a moment, please give us feedback by clicking here so we can improve our lunch and learn opportunities.

Resources:

  1. The lunch and learn slides. and recording.
  2. Information about new Michigan House members.
  3. Step by step guide on how to learn more about your respective policymaker.
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