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State of Opportunity
State of Opportunity is a multi-year reporting and community engagement project focused on how poverty affects children in Michigan. It will shed light on the challenges of growing up or raising kids while struggling to pay the bills and highlight the successes and the resilience of these families and the people who serve them.
Monday, September 15, 2014 11:58am
Michigan law allows up to 25 percent of a workers paycheck to be garnished for credit card debt. It's one of 20 states that do not protect wages above the federal minimum of 75 percent of take-home pay once a person has judgment for non-payment of debt against them.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:01pm
Virginia Commonwealth University's Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development has a lot of research projects aimed at helping young people succeed.
One of those projects is a community surveillance system that tracks ambulance calls, emergency room visits, and other data to track levels of violence across neighborhoods in Richmond, Virginia.
In 2003, researchers from the Institute reported to local community members on a not-so-surprising correlation they'd discovered: Rates of violence were higher near convenience stores that sold "inexpensive, single-serve alcoholic beverages."
A paper published by Institute researchers last year described what happened next:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 6:44am
Joy Mohammed and Paris Brown are loosely connected through family. They met once at a wedding. Then they became neighbors in the Russell Woods neighborhood of Detroit. Mohammed, who is nine years older than Brown, helped tutor her with schoolwork, and checked up on her at her house.
"I wouldn’t call myself a visitor. I was snooping," Mohammed says with a laugh. "I was watching to make sure that the kids were okay."
"Were you?" I ask Brown.
"Um, no …"
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 12:22pm
There are more than 13,000 youth in foster care in Michigan at any given time. There's no way we could possibly interview anywhere close to that number, but if we could, we would no doubt hear some heartwarming stories about being in care, some horror stories, and everything in between.
Monday, September 8, 2014 12:18pm
The release of new economic data is about as exciting as spam email.
The New York Times Upshot blog makes the case that the newest set of data is something to spend some real time with, so here we go: