A New Public Forum
For nearly two decades, Michigan’s Children has organized KidSpeak forums across the state to bring the voices of young people before decision-makers to include their perspectives in policy conversations. Mina’s latest blog talks about a new forum — FamilySpeak — that we are launching that’s modeled after KidSpeak but intended to capture the voices of families with young children.
Michigan’s Children is highlighting four key issues this election season — one being on expanded learning. Today, more than ever, students need more time and more ways to learn so that they can master skills necessary for college and career, and struggling kids need more support to catch up and stay on track.
We don’t often hear candidates talk about issues that matter to children, youth and families. To remedy this, we have partnered with Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity to conduct forums led by young people asking the important questions to candidates for the Michigan Legislature. We hope you will promote and attend these forums in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Mt. Clemens.
We can make change happen. We can use local and state level policy advocacy to improve our communities. By joining us in the fight for public policies made in the best interest of the most challenged children, youth and families; we can ensure that all children have the supports they need to succeed in school and in life.
Michigan’s Children identifies opportunities to influence public policies on behalf of children who face the most challenges in life – children from low-income families; children of color; and children, youth and families shouldering other challenging circumstances. This includes immediate opportunities to influence public policy debates as well as long-term opportunities to shift the conversations taking place in Lansing and Washington, D.C.
Who We Are
Michigan’s Children works to inform you on issues that policymakers are debating and provide active and immediate ways for you to get involved in public policy debates affecting children, youth and their families.