Newest Issue of Speaking for Kids

The latest issue of Speaking for Kids includes a Capitol Corner report from Matt Gillard about what state Legislators left unfinished regarding kids and families before they left Lansing for their home districts for the summer. Read it and other stories about engaging youth in programming and use of two-generation strategies today.

Read it here


Student Needs Drive Graduation

Many students need more than four years in high school, and that additional time is essential to make progress in graduation rates. Our Issues for Michigan’s Children offers recommendations for getting more young people through school, and recent discussion between students and the Superintendent personally illustrates the issues.

Read our Issues piece

Read about the students’ visit

Welcome Briana to our Staff

We are glad to welcome Briana Coleman to intern with us this year. Briana is a second-year MSW student from the University of Michigan studying social and economic policies effecting disadvantaged youth. Briana hopes to expand her advocacy skills while also learning skills to better build and maintain partnerships within the communities where we work.

Read Briana’s introductory blog


Why Get


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 children, youth and families with the most challenges; 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 served by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. 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 is the only statewide independent voice working to ensure that public policies are made in the best interest of children from cradle to career and their families. Our emphasis is on influencing public policies that close equity gaps and ensure that the children and youth who face the most challenges have the supports they need to succeed in school and life. By working to reform public policy, we improve the odds for all children, and support the work of those who provide services that help individual children overcome the odds.

Take Action

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.

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