Public Policy Forum

Michigan’s Prison Problem: Mass Incarceration, Its Causes and Solutions

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
1-3:30 p.m.

Best Western Plus, 6820 S. Cedar St., Lansing

Flyer | Online registration



 Grist and Fair Food Network

WHAT: Grist & Fair Food Network Google+ Hangout on SNAP incentives w/ spotlight on Double Up Food Bucks model from Michigan
WHEN: Thurs., Sept. 11, 2014
TIME: 9:30 am PT / 12:30pm ET

WHO: Grist’s food writer Nathanael Johnson and Fair Food Network’s Oran Hesterman, plus Michigan farmer Vicki Zilke and Detroit resident La’Tice Ford who uses Double Up to stretch her food dollars for more healthy food




Twitter Handles:

- Nate Johnson + Grist: @savortooth + @Grist

- Fair Food Network + Oran Hesterman: @FairFoodNetwork + @OHesterman


September 23, 2014, is National Voter Registration Day. The League of Women Voters Lansing Area will be joining several other Leagues throughout Michigan and the country in sponsoring Voter Registration Drives.

Three sites will be part of this campaign in the Lansing area: The Michigan Department of Health, South Cedar; Capital Area Michigan Works!, South Cedar; and Peckham Industries in north Lansing.

LWV volunteers will also be available at the Brain Injury Association of Michigan Conference at the Lansing Center on September 11 and 12.

The League has prepared a Voter Guide for the election that will be available online at

The deadline for registering for the November 4 General Election is October 6, 2014 The League of Women Voters is encouraging everyone to register to vote and to participate in this very important process.

Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²®) Program

Are you interested being paid to receiving hands-on training for an in-demand career, while also being able to pursue a college degree? If so, the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2)program could be a perfect fit for you!

Manufacturing and technology companies are experiencing a shortage of employees with the knowledge, skills, and education necessary to operate and maintain new systems-based equipment and technology.

The MAT2 program is an educational model developed in conjunction with global technology leaders that combines theory, practice, and work to help train a globally competitive workforce in the cutting-edge fields of Mechatronics, Information Technology, and Technical Product Design.

MAT2 will provide students with:

  • A three-year training program with all tuition costs paid for by an employer
  •  On-the-job training with pay
  • An associate degree in a high-tech, in-demand field
  • A guaranteed job upon successful completion of the program

Students will earn while they learn, alternating between classroom training at a participating community college, and on-the-job training with an employer, acquiring marketable skills and valuable knowledge along the way.

Interested in learning more? Please visit

Applications are still being accepted for the 2014 MAT2 program. Log on to  today to apply! Individuals who submit their application prior to July 15, 2014 will have an opportunity to participate in the next MAT2 Company Fair on Friday, July 18 in Auburn Hills! At the MAT2 Company Fair, applicants will interview with participating employers with the purpose of matching companies and students to begin the program in September 2014.

Questions? Please e-mail

S A V E   T H E   D A T E

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

The conference will feature 14 workshops, national speakers, and attendance from state and local leaders.
Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the state of Consumer Assistance as open enrollment begins for 2015.

Presented by Michigan Consumers for Healthcare

 Opportunity & Equity 2014

This event was held on May 5, 2014

Speaker: Pedro Noguera, Sociologist and NYU Professor

Each day, a growing number of people struggle to make ends meet, yet there are promising strategies and tools that can help fight this trend, that have been proven to reduce poverty and build prosperity. At Opportunity & Equity 2014 attendees will explore successful and promising models and concepts in public policy, education, asset building, healthcare and more.



Michigan’s Education Landscape, Amber Arellano
Exemplary Models for Entrepreneurship, Jeannine LaProd
Income Inequality in Michigan, Dr. Charles Ballard
Pursuing Excellence Through Equity, Dr. Pedro Noguera
Metropolitan Detroit Race Equity Report, Shirley Stancato
Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, Jane Zehnder-Merrell