STATE OF OPPORTUNITY. Can Kids in Michigan Get Ahead?
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ICYMI: A little good reading, from State of Opportunity

So, we've been busy the past few weeks, and I'll guess that maybe you have been, too. If you have Memorial Day off (sorry to those that don't), here's are a few recent highlights. Click away! 

p.s. ICYMI = In case you missed it. 

  • Education: Most of the kids at Cristo Rey High School live in poverty. Their neighborhoods are often riddled with crime, drugs and blight. But every last one of the seniors graduate. Every last one gets into college. What's the secret? 

  • Families and Community: May is National Foster Care Month, and last week, SOO took a look at college students who came out of the foster care system. One big thing we learned? Calling them "foster kids" is not cool. Here's why. 

  • Policy: If we can put ourselves in someone else's shoes, we tend to want to help them. The same can be said for public policy - empathy eases the path to legislation. Teenagers teach us this. Here's how. 

  • Technology: Children with disabilities face different kinds of education hurdles, even when they are surrounded by technology. How does a youngster learn when they can't use a keyboard, or when they can't see a screen? Find out here

  • Health: Many of Michigan's kids live in zip codes rife with pollution. It affects their health and often, how they perform in school. Pollution leading to asthma, lead leading to neurological deficits, the social and economic costs of environmental degradation shouldn't be ingored.