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FSM Guest Blog from Michigan's Children: The Elections are Over. Now What?

The Elections are Over.  Now What?

By Mina Hong and Michele Corey

As you know, in our wonderful and imperfect democracy that we call the United States of America, citizens recently had the opportunity to vote for elected officials who will make decisions on our behalves.  Many, many decisions.  And in our imperfect democracy, half of us are excited and half of us are concerned about…

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Inaugural Michigan Young Leader Advocacy Summit a Success!

On Friday, August 5th, 2016 the halls of Lansing Community College’s West Campus echoed with energy and excitement surrounding the first ever Michigan Young Leader Advocacy Summit. Youth with experience in foster care gathered to network, share life stories, and advocate for changes in statewide policies that affect them. Through a series of breakout sessions and discussions, youth spoke directly to supportive adults, professionals, policymakers, and influencers on behalf of all young people with experience in foster care. These young leaders shared their experiences and perspectives on how to improve the implementation of policies that affect school stability, extension of foster care support beyond 18, and transition planning for young people who age out of foster care. 

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Join us for FSM Community Collaboratives! Beginning this Fall!

Beginning in Fall of 2016, seven FSM Community Collaborative events will be held once per month throughout the 2016-2017 school year in each of the 5 FSM regions across Michigan. FSM Community Collaboratives will bring together students with experience in foster care, policymakers, professionals, and business leaders in each of the regions to directly connect students and professionals to resources and information. 

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New STEPS Summer Program

STEPS is a FREE informative and interactive one-day college exploration and preparation seminar developed specifically for students in foster care. Participants will have the opportunity to spend a day on the campus of Michigan State University and learn about important topics such as college admissions, financial aid, career preparation and campus living. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to connect with MSU staff and faculty presenters and current MSU students involved in the FAME program.

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Upcoming Events

Center for Fostering Success Conference

May 15 All Day @ Western Michigan University

The Center for Fostering Success Conference is excited to host a first of its kind conference experience. This…

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