Educational Institutions

Student Advocacy Center of Michigan Inc.

  • Ypsilanti, MI
  • www.StudentAdvocacyCenter.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Check and Connect
  2. Education Advocacy and Support
  3. Education Advocacy for At-Risk Youth
  4. Fee-Based Advocacy
  5. Family Together Building Solutions
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

Washtenaw County, Michigan
Jackson County, Michigan
Wayne County, Michigan

ruling year

1977

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Peri Stone-Palmquist

Keywords

Self-reported

Advocacy, Student, School, Elementary Education, High school,

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Also Known As

Student Advocacy Center

EIN

38-2058667

 Number

5979335682

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In the 2012-2013 school year, SAC provided free services to 373 students in our various programs. Nearly 90% of students served showed improved levels of engagement in school across domains including attendance, grades, attitude about school and school support.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Check and Connect

Check & Connect is an intervention program for students who are disconnected from school and learning. The heart of this program is the relationship between the student and a caring, trained individual who will advocate for and challenge each student academically, while partnering with families, schools, and communities to encourage positive communication and problem solving.

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Program 2

Education Advocacy and Support

SAC provides non-legal education advocacy and support, at no cost, for low-income families in Washtenaw and Jackson counties. Advocates are available to help students in both general and special education with issues such as school discipline, special education needs, and behavior interventions and support.

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Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 3

Education Advocacy for At-Risk Youth

The Education Advocacy Program for At-Risk Youth seeks to promote school success and stability for youth who face abuse, neglect or delinquency with a special focus on youth in foster care. The program provides an advocate who creates and monitors educational plans, improves educational services, empowers and supports the youth, builds a supportive network in the school and increases the role of school as an anchor.

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Program 4

Fee-Based Advocacy

SAC’s fee-based advocacy program provides general and special education advocacy and support for families who we are not currently funded to provide free services for. Advocates are available to help families with special education needs, disciplinary issues, and behavior interventions and support.

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Program 5

Family Together Building Solutions

Families Together Building Solutions (FTBS) is a solution-focused, in-home, short-term intervention for families to improve family functioning, increase family stability, and prevent removal from the home.

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Animal Control

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Goal 1: Provide education advocacy and support services for the highest needs students and families in order to improve educational success and high school graduation and decrease school dropout.
    Goal 2: Advocate for change in education policy, both locally and on the state level, by working with students, their families and partner agencies using coordinated and strategic approaches.
    Goal 3: Expand capacity and increase resources to meet the needs of our clients and sustain an effective and well-managed organization.
    Goal 4: Expand geographic scope in a planned way based on factors such as proximity, funding and need.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    - Target limited resources to strategic, priority populations and advocacy case types that promote high school graduation and address unmet community needs.
    - Provide academic support for students to promote high school graduation.
    - Provide support for parents and guardians to encourage school success.
    - Continue to explore and invest in evidence-based practices to help determine new and innovative ways to improve educational success.
    - Invest in ongoing staff professional development in education law and policy, youth development and community resources.
    - Enhance relationships with school personnel and community partners to enhance effective advocacy.
    - Challenge the systemic problem of push out in our nation's schools and advocate for the right of every child to a quality education and to be treated with dignity.
    - Educate and involve students, families and partners on policies and best practices.
    - Seek and compete for funding resources to serve priority populations and advocacy case types that promote high school graduation and address unmet community needs.
    - Increase unrestricted funds to ensure overhead is covered.
    - Expand the use of high-quality volunteers to support the organization.
    - Document and publicize program effectiveness.
    - Seek out strategic partners in priority counties.
    - Pursue funding that will support our work in that targeted locales.
    - Develop a sustainable, high-quality response to calls from around the state.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    - Passionate, committed, creative staff and interns willing to go the extra mile.
    - Education advocacy is a known strength. We are the go-to agency to call for education advocacy and many partners reach out to us for support in this area.
    - We are one of the only organizations providing general education advocacy in the state.
    - SAC's work with court-involved youth (both delinquent and abuse/neglect) was recognized as cutting edge by the Ford Foundation, which provided five years of funding. The Department of Human Services has been so impressed with SAC’s work with court-involved youth that they chose to decline education planners from the state and use local funds to contract with SAC since 2007. Staff have presented at national and state meetings, providing expertise to the Michigan Governor's Task Force on Permanency Planning for Youth Aging out of Foster Care. Moreover, the SAC model was one of the recommendations sent to the Michigan Legislature for implementation.
    - SAC provides needed and meaningful support to parents.
    - Have a “do-what-it-takes” attitude to engage and support students and parents.
    - We are tackling systemic, important problems with lifelong consequences (for instance, high school dropout).
    - Our credit recovery program for foster youth and other at-risk teens has garnered support from Speckherd-Knight and Kiwanis, and been praised by Department of Human Services.
    - Ypsilanti Community Services has expressed gratitude for our partnerships, including Check and Connect and a contract to provide home bound education.
    - History of meaningful and unique policy contributions that highlight student voice (such as Nowhere to Go).
    - Executive Director is an active member in the Washtenaw Alliance for Children and Youth and actively cultivates and values community partnerships. Partnered with Washtenaw Area Council for Children to share accountant.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    How to access the process -- whether we have done the following:
    - Annual needs assessment presented to board
    - Policy Committee Work Plan and Annual staff report to Policy Committee
    - Staff recommendation to board
    - Revised intake tools
    - Follow-up program surveys.
    - Executive Director reports outlining presentations provided.
    - Training Tracker
    - Governance Outreach plan
    - Fund Development Work Plan
    - Fee-based contracts and Profit and Loss statements
    - Volunteer Plan
    - Executive Director’s reports
    - Grant reports
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Accomplishments:
    - The Board of Directors initiated process in January of 2013 with a visioning session to identify core activities of the organization and possible projects for the future.
    - In January of 2013, the board completed its first self-assessment.
    - In March of 2013, the board conducted a visioning session around the geographic scope of SAC services and policy work.
    - In May of 2013, the board conducted a visioning session on prioritizing geographic expansion and the future of statewide technical assistance.
    - In June of 2013, staff sent out a survey to about 80 school staff people who had worked with us on cases and to community agencies we had worked with. About 30 school staff members responded and 16 community agencies responded.
    - In July of 2013, SAC E.D. conducted a board evaluation.
    - By the spring of 2013, the staff finalized a draft mission statement and values statement to forward on to the board.
    - By spring of 2013, the Policy Committee finalized a Work Plan.
    - In September 2013, the board had an initial visioning session around parent support and engagement services.
    - In November of 2013, the board participated in a retreat facilitated by Don Loppnow, professor at EMU SSW. The mission, values and goals were finalized at this meeting. Objectives and strategies were drafted.
    - The Governance Committee finalized objectives and strategies to bring forward for final board approval.
    - The Board adopted the strategic plan on Jan. 28, 2014.
    - SAC is an active member of the Washtenaw Alliance for Children and Youth and participated in its shared outcome process.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

Washtenaw County, Michigan
Jackson County, Michigan
Wayne County, Michigan

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Financials

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STUDENT ADVOCACY CENTER OF MICHIGAN INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Student Advocacy Center of Michigan Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Peri Stone-Palmquist

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Katie Hoener

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?