The Volunteer Advocates of Mid-Michigan (VAMM) are a dedicated group of Student Advocacy Center volunteers, providing non-legal education school discipline advocacy to low-income students facing expulsion or long-term suspension in Ingham, Jackson, Clinton or Eaton counties.
VAMM includes lawyers, community members and Michigan State University students dedicated to ending the school-to-prison pipeline.
SAC and experienced VAMM advocates work together to provide an annual training. VAMM members meet monthly to continue training, problem-solve about current cases, plan events and outreach, and advocate for policy change.
SAC’s Ypsilanti office handles all intakes. For more information about SAC’s advocacy services and what to expect, please see our Education Advocacy page.
A special thanks to our partner, Michigan State University’s Chance at Childhood Clinic, whose mission is to promote and protect the well-being of children and families through integrated social work and law education and advocacy. CAC’s coordinator, Kim Battjes, serves on the VAAM committee planning and is a trained volunteer advocate. Chance at Childhood students promote VAMM’s efforts by providing community outreach to increase community awareness regarding the importance of VAAM’s services. Additionally, CAC students are trained as potential advocates to serve VAMM’s families.
Please call (734) 482-0489 or, if necessary, 1-855-688-1916, to conduct an intake with one. We take cases based on student needs, advocate availability and expertise and alignment with our values and case priorities. If you’d like to learn more about VAMM or get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also stay in touch by checking out VAMM’s Facebook page.