The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan works to assist our most vulnerable students stay in school, realize their rights to a quality public education, and experience success. We provide education advocacy and support, education mentoring, dropout prevention and family support with a focus on economically disadvantaged youth, youth in foster care or a homeless situation, students with mental illness, youth impacted by school discipline and zero tolerance, and youth facing barriers to enrolling in or attending school.
SAC was established in 1975 to focus on the educational experience of students; to identify successful practices and policies as well as the barriers to effective service. Using a strengths-based approach, we work in partnership with families, schools and community agencies to promote educational practices that result in success for students, as well as to challenge policies that may have a harmful impact on students and families.
SAC is the only independent agency offering free non-legal education advocacy to both general and special education students in the state.
At SAC, we strive to:
- Encourage and promote school policies and practices that work for all children.
- Assist families as they strive to obtain sufficient resources for children who may need additional supports from the public schools.
- Assure due process for students.
- Curb exclusions from public education, and vigorously challenge undue suspensions and expulsions.
- Secure the right to an appropriate and meaningful education for every child.
- Promote high school graduation and prevent school dropout.
SAC believes community collaborations is key. SAC is a proud member of the Washtenaw Alliance for Children and Youth and participates in the Washtenaw, Jackson and Wayne County School-Justice Partnership teams. We also participate in Jackson County’s Cradle2Career Initiative and Emergency Needs Coalition.