Michigan’s Children’s 2022 Youth-and Family-Led Candidate Forums

Over the past four election cycles, Michigan’s Children has been working with our local partners around the state to host candidate forums led by youth and families, with questions inspired by their direct personal experiences and challenges. These youth- and family-led events are non-partisan forums, not debates, where we invite all candidates running for the targeted office and provide equal time to all candidates to answer questions posed directly by young people and families. The forums create great opportunities for candidates to learn more about the issues most driving the very constituents they want to serve.

Candidate and voter engagement is particularly important this year. With political district boundaries redrawn due to new population counts collected in the recent U.S. Census, voters are likely to have a new set of names and faces to get to know before the August 2nd primaries and the November 7th general elections.

NEW: Learn more about the issues we are working for this year by reading our 2022 Election Year Engagement Guide for Voters.” The guide features short briefs explaining the responsibilities federal and state elected officials have in several key areas – child care, family issues, foster care, learning, and mental health – with questions you can raise with candidates.

2022 Candidate Forums across Michigan

Peckham / Highfields Candidate Forum
September 19, 2022 (4-6 pm)
Lansing Community College – West Campus

Sponsors: Peckham Youth Service
Highfields Inc.
Michigan’s Children

Candidates Races: Newly redrawn 7th Congressional District, 21st State Senate District, 76th State House District, 77th State House District

Detroit Champions for Hope Candidate Forum
September 26, 2022 (1-3 pm)
Virtual Online

Sponsors: Detroit Champions for Hope (Hope Starts Here)
Michigan’s Children

Candidate Races: Newly redrawn State Senate Districts 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10; and State House4 Districts 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Judson Center
September 29, 2022 (5:30 – 7pm)
Royal Oak

Sponsors: Judson Center,
Michigan’s Children

Candidate Races: Newly redrawn 12th Congressional District; 7th Senate District, 8th Senate District, 6th House District, 18th House District, 56th House District

18-year-old Thalia, a first-time voter, poses a question to candidates at The Children’s Center with an assist from emcee Charlie Langton, Fox TV and WJR newscaster.

Children’s Center Candidate Forum
July 7, 2022

Sponsors: The Children’s Center
The Children’s Center Youth Advisory Council
The Children’s Center Family Success Center

Candidate Races: Newly redrawn 13th Congressional, 8th State Senate, 8th State House
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