STATE OF OPPORTUNITY. Can Kids in Michigan Get Ahead?
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This special reporting project wrapped up in May 2017. Read more.

What's new with State of Opportunity?


State of Opportunity passed its one year mark! Our team of reporters wants to bring you the most thoughtful, provocative, well-researched stories rooted in the lives of real people. You'll notice a shift in our focus as we enter year two of the State of Opportunity project. Our scope is expanding to include children and adolescents in kindergarten through eight grade.

In year one, we laid the foundation for how children acquire the tools they need for a successful life. From what we can do to improve infant mortality outcomes to funding pre-K education, access to resources is a prime indicator for later accomplishments. What's on the horizon for kids as they move through new stages of development? 

In addition to our own reporting, we comb the web for news and opinion to share with you so that you can keep abreast of the latest developments on how to create better opportunities for children. To that end, let's introduce a couple of our newer content-sharing partnerships. First, State of Opp reports are featured on the Detroit Free Press' A Better Michigan site that highlights news, opinion, and hopes to spark debate for improving conditions in the state. 

And we're also working with Issues Media Group (IMG) to share reporting on kids. This story, for example, on how limited transportation options in Washtenaw County limits opportunities for tutoring and other enriching activities was featured in IMG's Ann Arbor publication, Concentrate.

We're also pleased to connect with IMG's project Michigan Nightlight. This W.K. Kellogg project wants to put a spotlight on innovative solutions to positively impacting kids' lives. Check out the range of topics Michigan Nightlight covers in the video below. 

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