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Helping Students Stay In School

The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan is a unique organization with a proud, nearly 45-year history of helping students get back into school and stay in school. We are fighting school pushout and dropout every day. There is no other organization like us in Michigan.

Our services include one-on-one education advocacy, a statewide Student Rights Helpline, academic mentoring (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 contact at


The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan works collaboratively with underserved students, and their families, to stay in school, realize their rights to a quality public education, grow and experience success.

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We hope you will make Student Advocacy Center of Michigan a part of your day of giving this year.

$15 provides funds to buy a book for one of our students struggling to read.
$25 provides emergency school clothing or supplies.
$50 provides Helpline assistance for a mom whose son is facing permanent expulsion.
$100 provides emergency groceries for a teen parent.

All of your gifts, along with our many wonderful funders, help to support our mission keeping students in school and fighting school pushout and dropout. We believe education is a human right necessary for a just and thriving community.

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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: