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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.

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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.


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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Hi everyone,

We hope you’re staying safe and healthy during this time. Due to Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home Order, we have decided to move the date of Telling Tales Out of School from Friday, April 17 to Friday, May 22. We are working to make the event completely virtual. We want to make your viewing experience fun and easy. To be clear, Telling Tales Out of School HAS NOT been canceled but the date of the event HAS changed.

More updates will be coming, so check back on our page regularly and look out for any email updates we send.

We appreciate your patience and understanding and are thankful to all who support us.
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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: