State of Opportunity

Series produced by Michigan Radio

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State of Opportunity from Michigan Radio 

What can be done to break the cycle of poverty and improve opportunities for the most disadvantaged children?

Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity project is looking at what can be done to break the cycle of poverty and improve opportunities for the most disadvantaged children. We’re examining the impact that healthcare, schools, family, the local community, and public policy have on child development…from cradle to college.


105 Pieces

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Caption: Guerra calls Coach Jimmie Knight the "King of Second Chances.", Credit: ANDREA CLAIRE MAIO
Cody High School is on Detroit’s west side, in a neighborhood that struggles with blight, drugs and gangs. As Cody football coach Jimmie Knight say...

  • Added: May 01, 2015
  • Length: 48:53
Caption: Battle Creek Fire Captain Michael Fleisher says before signing a military contract, recruits should think hard about the job they want to do in the military and once they get out., Credit: SARAH ALVAREZ / MICHIGAN RADIO
Not all young people find success in high school. Others just aren’t sure college is worth the money. State of Opportunity's Sarah Alvarez has been...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, Delta College Public Radio, and WAMC


  • Added: May 01, 2015
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 3
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Michigan’s foster care system was sued more than eight years ago because of the number of kids who were left with abusive families or harmed once t...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2015
  • Length: 03:16
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The State of Opportunity project reports on issues facing low-income families. One of our goals for the project is to help us all understand povert...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2015
  • Length: 49:03
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You see it on your local TV news every few weeks. Or maybe a small article in the paper. Another fire. Another bust. Another story about meth. The ...

Bought by Delta College Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 17, 2015
  • Length: 03:07
  • Purchases: 1
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America is becoming less equal. That much is now widely acknowledged. But what can be done to improve things for the next generation?

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2015
  • Length: 03:19
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Amber Persons and Yamaka Bracey in class at Davenport University's College of Urban Education., Credit: DUSTIN DWYER MICHIGAN RADIO
One of the challenges for teachers just coming out of college is that the schools they enter are not all created equal. Some teaching approaches mi...

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  • Added: Apr 03, 2015
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 1
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We’ve reported often on State of Opportunity about how race can affect children’s lives – that minority groups, on average face worse odds as they ...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2015
  • Length: 03:46
Caption: Students gather for a poetry slam organized by The Diatribe, Credit: COURTESY OF THE DIATRIBE
Most Mondays, a group of poets has taken over a classroom in an alternative high school at Kelloggsville Public Schools in Wyoming. The poets are p...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2015
  • Length: 06:36
  • Purchases: 1
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People who spend time around kids might have heard themselves say “You’re going to pay for that.” It’s one way of saying behavior has consequences....

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2015
  • Length: 05:30
  • Purchases: 1
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College students in Michigan, and around the country, have been organizing and protesting over the past year for more racial inclusion on college c...

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2015
  • Length: 03:18
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The goal of alternative programs is to get students to graduation., Credit: MICHELLE / FLICKR
Alternative schools are public schools designed for kids at risk of not graduating high school. These alternative programs don’t get a lot of scrut...

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2015
  • Length: 03:46
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Naton Brown's senior picture., Credit: JENNIFER DEMING / PHOTOSWITHFLAIR.COM
Here's the story of a young woman who overcame an extraordinary challenge. Her name is Naton Brown. State of Opportunity’s Dustin Dwyer learns more.

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2015
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Jonesville High School counselor Bob Drake helps Joy Sutton fill out her son's FAFSA., Credit: DUSTIN DWYER MICHIGAN RADIO
Getting into college can be a challenge for any student, especially if that student comes from a low-income background. And there’s one barrier for...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2015
  • Length: 03:12
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A selfie Alex and Paula took at the DHS office where they are both working to improve outcomes for young people involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems., Credit: PAULA LAQUERRE
It makes sense that young people who have been abused or neglected would be more likely to get in serious trouble. But the numbers are nonetheless ...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2015
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ingham County Circuit Judge Richard Garcia, Credit: INGHAM COUNTY
Back in 2002, Michigan's Ingham County voters passed a millage to increase funding for juvenile justice. Judge Richard Garcia spearheaded that effo...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2015
  • Length: 03:46
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Here is a fact you might not know: In the decade between 2003 to 2013 no other state cut its spending on college scholarships as much as Michigan. ...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2015
  • Length: 03:31
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Volunteer Pat Gold (left) and Tiara Brooks work on a story at an 826 Michigan writing workshop at Adams STEM Academy in Ypsilanti., Credit: JENNIFER GUERRA / MICHIGAN RADIO
What if third grade students could carve out time during the school day to let their imaginations run wild? State of Opportunity’s Jennifer Guerra ...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2015
  • Length: 03:40
Caption: Danielle Boshers (left), Anna Garcia, and Chris Reynolds say the University of Michigan could do a better job welcoming first generation students to campus., Credit: JENNIFER GUERRA / MICHIGAN RADIO
Lots of high school seniors are nailing down what they want to do after they graduate. For students who choose to go to college, there can be lots ...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2015
  • Length: 03:40
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: A baby picture of Josette Hejka (middle) and her two adopted brothers, Mike (left) and Terrell., Credit: PHOTO COURTESY OF EDDIE HEJKA
There are a few talks nearly all parents have with their kids. There’s the birds and the bees talk. There’s the ‘don’t do drugs talk.’ Some parents...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, Delta College Public Radio, and KUOW


  • Added: Feb 20, 2015
  • Length: 03:40
  • Purchases: 3