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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.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 11:15am
Yesterday the Brookings Institution released some new data about the rise in suburban poverty. Across the nation there are now more people living in poverty in suburbs than in urban areas.
Monday, May 20, 2013 1:18pm
I've been spending a lot of time recently trying to figure out why girls perform better than boys on almost every measure of academic achievement.
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.