Student Advocacy Center of Michigan

Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

There are students out there who face constant struggles in their schoolwork, including here in the Ypsilanti area.  Fortunately, the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan (SAC) is there to provide guidance and mentorship to those who need it.  SAC executive director Peri Stone-Palmquist and former SAC board member Brittany Barros join WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg to talk about the center ongoing work in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."

Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

Get a personalized look at the work of the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan.  It’s been around since 1975 and now has offices in Ypsilanti, Jackson, and Detroit, and there can be no question it is a community resource that is changing lives.  Anell Eccleston is programs manager for the Student Advocacy Center and Jakobie Pillar is one of his mentees who just graduated from ACCE High School in Ypsilanti.  Their story comes to you through WEMU’s partnership with the United Way of Washtenaw County in this week’s edition of "Washtenaw United."

Kiwanis Club Helps Teens In Foster Care

Jun 24, 2014

A program that helps teens in foster care and other students make up high school credit will be able to proceed this summer thanks to a grant of $2,500 from the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor to the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan.

The program offers online credit recovery classes taught by two teachers and also includes transportation and snacks. Six students involved in the foster care system and six academically struggling students have signed up.

Members of the Youth Voice chapter at Ypsilanti Community High School are marching in a protest of unjust suspensions and expulsions.

A three-day march from Detroit to Lansing will end with a rally Wednesday morning at the state Capitol. 

Peri Stone-Palmquist is Executive Director of the Ypsilanti-based Student Advocacy Center of Michigan, which has been working on the issue of unnecessary suspensions and expulsions for a number of years. 

She recently succeeded in having the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education adopt a "Solutions not Suspensions" pledge.

The Ypsilanti-based Student Advocacy Center of Michigan wants the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education to adopt a pledge to use student suspensions and expulsions only as a last resort. 

The "Solutions not Suspensions" pledge asks the state to roll back its discipline code so that it's in line with the federal Gun Free Schools Act.  It also asks districts to prioritize keeping kids in school and investing in preventative efforts.