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Every day, 6 Michigan students are expelled from school and many more are suspended or absent for a variety of reasons.  Every empty chair in school represents a complex story and missed opportunity to learn and grow.

We are proud to partner with Ypsilanti Community High School art students and teacher, Lynne Settles, and Detroit Community High School and art teacher Joye Ofei, on an art exhibit called the Empty Chair Project.  Students used found, vintage chairs and desks to explore a true story of an empty chair in schools across Michigan.

Since 1975, Student Advocacy Center has worked to fill those empty chairs. We provide advocacy, support, mentoring for out-of-school youth or those missing a lot of school, particularly for disciplinary reasons. We know a better way is possible and work to elevate the voice of students, collaborate with schools and develop more effective ways to address challenging behavior.

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Images of the empty chairs being made and displayed

Art Exhibit

Friday, May 22, 2020 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Scarlett Middle School, Ann Arbor, followed by our annual storytelling event, Telling Tales Out of School. DISCLAIMER: This event end up being virtual.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Tickets: $30 / $35 at the door ($10 with student ID)

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