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Helping Students Stay In School

The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan is a unique organization with a proud, 40-year history of helping underserved students stay in school or get back into school. There is no other organization like us in Michigan.

Our services include youth-driven, family-driven, collaborative education advocacy and support, as well as a statewide Student Rights Helpline, an evidence-based academic mentoring program (Check and Connect), an in-home program addressing absenteeism (Bridges to School), and a leadership after-school program called Youth Action Michigan, which gives students most impacted by school pushout the skills, connections and supports they need to spark systems changes. We are particularly focused on students experiencing foster care, homelessness, mental illness and the negative impacts of harsh school discipline. Many of our referrals come straight from schools and other community partners.

Please use this site as a resource to help students experience more success in school. Special features include pages on the rights of specific populations (including students in foster care, facing school discipline, homeless) and our Create-A-Letter resource, providing examples on how to request a special education evaluation and much more. There are also ways for you to get involved in advocating for policy change in Michigan. We are always looking for ways to improve our site and welcome your feedback at
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Telling Tales Annual Event

April 12, 2019

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We have a variety of programs to help students, including: Education Advocacy, Check and Connect, and more. View our Programs »


General Education

Student Advocacy Center assists general education students, especially students facing school discipline and students identified as at-risk for dropping out of school.


Special Education

Student Advocacy Center can assist families with requesting special education evaluations, obtaining special education services, and improving existing special education services.


Foster Care

Student Advocacy Center has a long-standing history of working with youth in foster care. Our Foster Care Advocate helps youth with school enrollment, transportation, special education services, and reducing other barriers to school success.

That’s Not All!
We help students of all kinds, for example:

That’s Not All!
We help students of all kinds, see more examples to the right: