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State of Opportunity
State of Opportunity is a multi-year reporting and community engagement project focused on how poverty affects children in Michigan. It will shed light on the challenges of growing up or raising kids while struggling to pay the bills and highlight the successes and the resilience of these families and the people who serve them.
Friday, May 17, 2013 6:26am
We've already acknowledged the proliferation of different days and weeks, whether by official proclamation or organizational mandate, declared for raising awareness of various social issues. But let's talk about just one more: National Foster Care Month.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:44am
We got a lot of response from yesterday's piece about an after-school music program for disadvantaged youth in Grand Rapids.
But here's a little secret: That story came to us pretty much 'as is' - meaning Casey Stratton reported and produced the whole audio piece and sent it in to us. We tweaked it a bit here and there to fit our style, and voila! Stratton and company made their radio debut.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:00am
Every once and a while, our State of Opportunity team receives a story pitch from someone in the community who's trying to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth. This is one of those stories. It’s a piece about boys, girls, and the universal language of music.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:12am
This post has been updated to reflect new developments:
Tuesday, 2:07 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 2013 9:28am
Infographics are the "Public Service Announcement" of our digital era: informative, easily digested, and memorable. Proponents of early childhood education haven't been left behind in using infographics to visualize stats that affirm the benefit of preschool to kids and society as a whole. But there are also some provocative scare tactics out there.
So, which is more effective? Helpful, contextualizing data or eye-catching, mildly disturbing imagery showing our future without preschool education?