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STATE OF OPPORTUNITY. Can Kids in Michigan Get Ahead?
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Dustin Dwyer
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State of Opportunity is committed to telling stories about some of life’s tougher subjects in a way you can listen to, connect with and talk about.

We’re starting a conversation about what it takes for kids to be successful and get ahead in life. And, what the consequences are for the state if we leave kids behind. This isn’t something that’s necessarily easy to talk about. Either explicitly or just below the surface there are tough issues like parenting, poverty, inequality and race bound up in every discussion about opportunity and success.

That means stories about opportunity can be tough. But they are also interesting, sometimes they’re hopeful and sometimes they’re joyful. We think stories about opportunity and success and even struggle are important stories to tell.

  And we are asking you to help us tell them. We’d like you to report for State of Opportunity. We don’t just want your comments or feedback (but we’ll happily take those), we want your stories and your voices.

  • We want stories about the best the state has to offer, and where it falls short.
  • We’d like to hear how parents and teachers and schools cope and change lives.
  • What hopes do young people have for their own futures, and what do they think they’ll need to get there?
  • We want to know what social service workers would like to see done differently.
  • And, we want to hear from families about resilience, resourcefulness, triumphs, and the obstacles to success.

You can always use our Public Insight Network to send us your story here. Or, thanks to SoundCloud you can record your own voice or the voice of somebody else (with their permission, of course) and send your story to us that way. Here are some easy to follow directions.

Either way, we’ll get back to you with ideas about how this story might fit into our project.

Try it-it’s easy. You’ll need to contacted, edited, fact-checked, and all that journalism stuff. But, we’d love to hear from you.

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