state of opportunity http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org en Guggenheim winner to study poverty, mental health and Native American culture http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/guggenheim-winner-study-poverty-mental-health-and-native-american-culture <p>Times are incredibly tough for Native American children. Poverty, unemployment and abuse are just some of the issues plaguing the nation's tribes, according to a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-hard-lives--and-high-suicide-rate--of-native-american-children/2014/03/09/6e0ad9b2-9f03-11e3-b8d8-94577ff66b28_story.html">recent article</a> in the Washington Post. Here's an excerpt:</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 572 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Guggenheim winner to study poverty, mental health and Native American culture Growing up in poverty and pollution http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/growing-poverty-and-pollution <p>In Michigan, thousands of kids suffer with diseases that are worsened by poverty and pollution. It's a combination that's costing society far more than most people know.&nbsp;</p><p>What issues do health experts think are causing these problems? Why&nbsp;haven't policy-makers come up with the money to fix these problems? What is the price of allowing these problems go ignored? We'll answer these questions in this hour long documentary, Growing Up in Poverty and Pollution.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 574 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Growing up in poverty and pollution Obamacare under the radar: former foster youth can get free health insurance until age 26 http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/obamacare-under-radar-former-foster-youth-can-get-free-health-insurance-until-age-26 <p>Earlier this year there was an all-out advertising blitz&nbsp;aimed towards&nbsp;young people between the ages of 18 and 34, trying to get them to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, or&nbsp;Obamacare.</p><p>More than<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuCAkCNrd2U"> 6 hours&nbsp;of</a> Obamacare&nbsp;commercials on YouTube? That smells like desperation.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:29:12 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 570 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Obamacare under the radar: former foster youth can get free health insurance until age 26 New documentary on growing up in poverty and pollution http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/new-documentary-growing-poverty-and-pollution <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reports about pollution and environmental degradation can easily seem like something that happens </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/137528332/air-pollution" style="line-height: 1.5;">somewhere else</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And when the impact isn't visible on the surface, the health effects can go unchecked and be devastating for children.</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:39:42 +0000 Kimberly Springer 571 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org New documentary on growing up in poverty and pollution State of Opportunity special: Do we really have a plan for at-risk kids? http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/state-opportunity-special-do-we-really-have-plan-risk-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's widespread recognition that education creates opportunity. But schools are often expected to provide much more than just education for kids struggling with poverty. So what are the effects of that expectation?&nbsp;Are kids getting watered-down educations and watered-down social services as schools struggle to do both?&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:31:37 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 567 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org State of Opportunity special: Do we really have a plan for at-risk kids? As it turns out, it really does take a village to raise a child http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/it-turns-out-it-really-does-take-village-raise-child <p>Well hello there! How have you been? It's been a while since my last post – three months, to be exact. I've been out on maternity leave and just got back to work and I have to say, I have a newfound respect for single parents.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:49:32 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 566 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org As it turns out, it really does take a village to raise a child How do you get a kid out of a bad situation? Start with one person who cares. http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/how-do-you-get-kid-out-bad-situation-start-one-person-who-cares <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stories on State of Opportunity are all about ways to help disadvantaged kids find success in life. But when you meet a successful adult who grew up disadvantaged, they have a story that is like many others.</span></em></p><p><em>They didn’t get where they are by accident. They worked hard, of course, but usually, they also had some help. &nbsp;And often, that help can be traced back to one person who decided to make a difference.</em></p><p><em>Today, we're starting an occasional series about the people who make that decision. We’re calling this series, "One Person Who Cared." &nbsp;To share your own "One Person Who Cared" story, click <a href="https://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/source/en/insight/f8f8b186694f#query-respond">here</a>.&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I met Jamie Alexander a couple of years ago. She’s a social worker for a program in Grand Rapids called Strong Beginnings, which helps African-American moms have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.</span></p><p>But on the car ride to one of her client’s homes, Alexander told me her own story.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"My mom was a drug addict, an alcoholic," Alexander said. "And my dad was not around."</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 565 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org How do you get a kid out of a bad situation? Start with one person who cares. Call-in show: what's the best strategy to help at-risk youth? http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/call-show-whats-best-strategy-help-risk-youth <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Thursday, we're shifting gears at State of Opportunity. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For our call-in show, we want to talk with you and our invited guests about ways to help at-risk kids break the cycle of poverty.&nbsp;</span></p><p>People posting to our Facebook conversation so far have been adamant that schools and education are <em>the </em>way to give kids a better chance in life.</p><p>Maybe.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:35:11 +0000 Kimberly Springer 564 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Call-in show: what's the best strategy to help at-risk youth? Tech & Opportunity: It's about more than iPads http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/tech-opportunity-its-about-more-ipads <p>In the run-up to our <strong>call-in show</strong> for next week, we're looking for alternatives to schools as the solution for breaking the cycle of poverty for Michigan's children.</p><p>The point is not that education isn't the answer, but what haven't we tried?</p><p>Technology, as we've said before, has its costs and benefits. But when it comes to low-income kids and technology, the assumption is that no money equals no technology.</p><p>That assumption is wrong.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:23:31 +0000 Kimberly Springer 563 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Tech & Opportunity: It's about more than iPads Schools as the default solution: The right move? http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/schools-default-solution-right-move <p>For the rest of this week and next, we're preparing for our upcoming <strong>call-in show</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've focused a lot on schools and education because it's such a huge part of children's&nbsp;and parents' lives. After all, after age five, that's where kids spend most of their time and have formative experiences.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But when it comes to answering the big questions, do we rely too much on schools? What solutions do we overlook when we put all our eggs in the education basket?&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:41:33 +0000 Kimberly Springer 562 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Schools as the default solution: The right move?