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Helping Students Stay In School

The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan has worked since 1975 to assist our most vulnerable students stay in school, realize their rights to a quality public education, and experience success. We are fighting school dropout and pushout and what is often called the “school to prison pipeline.”

Our services include education advocacy and support, education mentoring (Check and Connect) and youth voice work.

We have a special focus on school discipline, students in foster care or experiencing homelessness, and students with mental illness or other disabilities.

Learn more about us » 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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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: