Student Advocacy Center 2019-2020 Annual Report

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Gratitude

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In this together

Our SAC family was so generous this year, allowing

us to help families navigate this pandemic with care

and respect. Thanks to support from YOU, the United

Way of Washtenaw County, Jackson Community

Foundation, Skillman Foundation, Bethel AME Church

and others, we were able to buy and deliver food,

secure PPE for our staff and families, secure school

supplies and computers and much more.

Our team worked so hard, meeting with students

outside to finish required classes, making home

deliveries, and even connecting through video games!

We even transformed our annual storytelling

event, Telling Tales, into an online experience (we

loved the outdoor watch parties).

Thanks for all your support through this!


Racial Justice Now

SAC's advocacy didn't slow down this year —

but it definitely looked different. Thanks to

supporters like you ...

We joined our partners in Lansing for a car

protest in May, successfully demanding the

governor settle the right to literacy lawsuit.

We joined partners in successfully

demanding justice for "Grace," a teen in

Oakland County detained for truancy during

COVID.

Staff participated in Black Lives Matter

protests across the state.


Ruth Zweifler Legacy

One of SAC's key founders and champions,

Ruth Zweifler, turned 90 in September 2019

and we celebrated her legacy in style.

Her large and fun family (many who helped

plan the bash) traveled from all over the

country to join us. Her grandson spent months

creating a powerful documentary.

Rep. Rebekah Warren honored Ruth, as did

SAC Board Vice-Chair, Rossi Ray-Taylor (former

AAPS superintendent). Zingerman's donated

cake. It was a festive evening with so many

connections made.

Thanks to our supporters for helping

establish the Ruth Zweifler Policy & Advocacy

Fund (www.studentadvocacycenter.org/ruth).


Education Justice

SAC has a history of advocating for policies in

Michigan that work to ensure ALL YOUTH get the

support they need in school.

This year we took it a step further by collaborating

deeply with the Michigan Education Justice Coalition.

Collectively, we intensified our work to increase

revenue for our schools by kicking off a ballot

initiative that was foiled by COVID, but many

passionate activists signed up to keep fighting for

equitable and fair school funding. We won't give up!

Starting in the summer, we held 5 listening

sessions with 19 people to learn about hopes and

fears concerning COVID. These sessions, along with

60 others, informed our statewide platform.

And now we are calling on you to stand with us

and commit to being an Education Justice Activist. It's

time for our communities to prioritize education and

we know with your help, we can turn things around

for our schools in Michigan.

Sign up here:

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/miedjustice?

source=sac


Lives Changed

Marina overcomes

tragedies to graduate

Did you miss Marina telling her story at this

year's Telling Tales? Be sure to check out our

YouTube channel!

I first met my mentor at the Student Advocacy

Center when I was 18 and still had 13 classes

left to graduate. It was fall of 2018.

I finally had hope to be the first person in my

family to graduate, but the journey to get to that

point had been tragic.

In September 2009, my mom died. I had to

grow up. I had to take care of my siblings. Then, I

failed 3rd grade.

At age 11, I got back from school and found

out my dad had been deported.

They took us to my maternal grandma. She

treated us like her slaves. She would withhold

food. She would hit us. We didn’t even have

beds. We weren't allowed outside to play.

I went to go live with my aunt after three

years but had a total breakdown. I ended up in a

psychiatric hospital several times over the next

2-3 years and started getting suspended.

I got expelled in 10th grade for being

intoxicated at school and selling drugs and

ended up at a bootcamp.

I came home with my aunt but was expelled

from a second school for my mouth. That is

when I enrolled at Covenant House Academy

and tried to get back on track. I was struggling

with motivation and that's when I met Kristina,

my SAC mentor.

We talked about my barriers and I told her I

couldn’t do my work at home, so she got me a

laptop. She helped me make realistic goals, not

far away goals. I would accomplish that and

we’d make a different goal. She gave me hope.

She had faith in me when others didn’t.

She just kept pushing me. She believed in

me. She was the consistent one, there every

week. Ultimately, I completed 13 classes in a few

months and was the first in my family to

graduate high school. And now I'm in college!

One person can make you have so much

hope and belief in yourself. I hope you have faith

in students like me. There is light and hope. We

just need someone to believe in us and walk

with us.


Education

Advocacy

W h e n h e w a s g o i n g t h r o u g h t h e e x p u l s i o n ,

I s a w a b a d d e c l i n e i n h i s d e m e a n o r . . . . W h e n

y o u s t a r t e d w o r k i n g w i t h h i m , h e p e r k e d u p .

T h e s c h o o l d i s t r i c t i s m o r e a w a r e t h a t

p a r e n t s w o n ’ t b a c k d o w n a n d t h e t h i n g s t h e y

a r e d o i n g a r e w r o n g a n d t h e r e a r e a g e n c i e s

l i k e S A C t h a t a r e w i l l i n g t o s t a n d w i t h t h e

p a r e n t s a n d f i g h t f o r t h e i r s t u d e n t s .

T h e p a r e n t s d o n ’ t f e e l s o a l o n e i n

f i g h t i n g f o r t h e i r c h i l d , t h e y f e e l h o p e a n d

s u p p o r t i n g e t t i n g w h a t t h e y n e e d f o r t h e m .

I f e e l m o r e e m p o w e r e d , v e r y h o p e f u l

t h a t y o u d i d e v e r y t h i n g y o u c o u l d f o r m y

s t u d e n t . . .

- A P a r e n t

Your Impact

& Check

Connect

to Bridges

School

B e f o r e I s t a r t e d w o r k i n g w i t h m y M e n t o r , I

w a s n ' t a t t e n d i n g s c h o o l . N o w t h a t I h a v e y o u

g u y s , I ' m a t t e n d i n g s c h o o l m o r e o f t e n .

I ' v e a l s o b e e n o n t h e h o n o r r o l l b a c k t o b a c k .

I f e e l t h a t I ' m m a k i n g m o r e a c c o m p l i s h m e n t s a n d

a c h i e v i n g m o r e g o a l s .

I h a v e c o n v e r s a t i o n s w i t h m y m e n t o r a n d h e

h e l p s m e s e e t h e b i g g e r p i c t u r e i n l i f e , w h i c h

h e l p s m e m a k e k e y d e c i s i o n s i n m y l i f e .

A t f i r s t I f e l t l i k e I c o u l d n ' t c o m e t o s c h o o l

a n d b e a g o o d s t u d e n t , b u t n o w I ' m a c t u a l l y

d o i n g i t .

T h a n k y o u f o r h e l p i n g m e b e a b e t t e r m e .

- 9 t h g r a d e r

T h i s p r o g r a m h e l p e d m e t o b e m o r e

u n d e r s t a n d i n g t o m y c h i l d r e n . I w a n t m y c h i l d

t o h a v e a g o o d e d u c a t i o n . I r e a l i z e d h o w h i s

a b s e n c e s w e r e a f f e c t i n g h i s e d u c a t i o n .

I e n j o y h a v i n g t h e e x t r a s u p p o r t f r o m S A C

a n d t h e s c h o o l s e e m t o h a v e a d i f f e r e n t a t t i t u d e

w h e n w o r k i n g w i t h m e . W e n o w h a v e t h e l u x u r y

o f m e e t i n g w i t h e a c h o t h e r w i t h o u t t h e a t t i t u d e

a n d s t r e s s i n v o l v e d .

- P a r e n t


Thank you!

Program

Numbers

Education Advocacy

146

Check & Connect

84

Bridges to School

18

Helpline

450

Impact

G O A L S M E T

Your

8 7 % o f c l o s e d a d v o c a c y c a s e s m e t

t h e g o a l e s t a b l i s h e d b y f a m i l y

S T U D E N T S A T T E N D

M O R E S C H O O L

6 6 % o f a d v o c a c y c a s e s

i m p r o v e d o r m a i n t a i n e d a t t e n d a n c e

Cases Served

698 students

515 unduplicated

S T U D E N T S I M P R O V E

D I S C I P L I N E R E C O R D S

6 0 % o f a d v o c a c y c a s e s i m p r o v e d o r

m a i n t a i n e d d i s c i p l i n e

COVID

Help

Adults

Helped

Children

Helped

Total

deliveries

What was

delivered?

March-June

2020

140 311 130


2019-2020 STAFF

Peri Stone-Palmquist, Executive Director

Danielle Flint, Assistant Director

Tina Jurries, Programs Manager

Amy Wilhelm, Programs Manager

Kimberly Brown, Advocate

Jacorey Brown, Mentor

Dom Cooper, Mentor

Al Correa, Mentor

Kristina Cosgrove, Advocate

Julia Gilbert, Accountant

Myron Hardy, Mentor

Jordan Jones, Office Coordinator

Brianna Slavins, Office Coordinator

LaKeya Martin, Advocate

Jill Perticone, Family Advocate

Kristen Satchel, Advocate

Ben Murphy-Smith, Advocate

Jenna Pickman, Advocate

Shakel Raiford, Advocate

B O A R D M E M B E R E M E R I T U S

J a m e s H a w k i n s , C a l v i n W i l l i a m s ,

R u t h Z w e i f l e r

The Team

2019-2020 BOARD

Peri Stone-Palmquist, Executive Director

Francisco Sánchez, Board Chair

Rossi Ray-Taylor, Vice-Chair

Craig Hernandez, Treasurer

Claudette Braxton, Secretary

Faye Askew-King

Brittney Barros, Youth Member

Robyn Cook, Youth Member

Alicia Davis

Max McNally-Hodgson, Youth Member

Keisha Blevins

Amy Frontier

Karey Henderson

Katie Hoener

Nicole Johnson

Jane Langeland

Maria Montoya

Elizabeth Paurazas

Michael Steinberg

Domonique Weston

Dwight Wilson

V O L U N T E E R H O U R S + V A L U E

I N T E R N 5 , 2 7 3 H R S $ 1 3 1 , 8 2 5

V O L U N T E E R 2 7 0 H R S $ 6 , 7 0 9

A D V O C A T E

P R O B O N O 1 5 2 H R S $ 4 8 , 4 8 0

Volunteer

Tutors

As schools shut down and students struggled, YOU responded to our calls for

help. Our team developed an online training portal, recruited 51 volunteers

and quickly completed background checks. 17 tutors worked with 22 students,

sometimes outside. One helped a student pass her SAT! THANKS!


ARBOR TEAS

Profiles Supporter

Why does your business keep supporting SAC? Why do you think our work matters?

Arbor Teas is a supporter of SAC for many reasons. We wholeheartedly agree that a robust public

education is a human right and essential to a thriving democracy. SAC provides the hands-on, hyper-local

support that is needed to help and empower some of the most disadvantaged students in our community.

Additionally, SAC provides critical support to the teachers and administrators of our public schools,

putting a high value on respect so that all parties can collaboratively work together. If we have

learned anything from 2020 it is that we are all connected.

Supporting our next generation requires the collaborative approach that SAC has fostered in our families,

schools, and communities.

How has COVID impacted your business and how can our supporters support you in this

moment?

Like all small, family-owned businesses, Arbor Teas has been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19

pandemic. As a food processor and an online retailer, Arbor Teas is in a unique and dutiful position to be

able to continue to provide healthy organic teas and herbs during this challenging and stressful time.

As more people turned to online shopping during the lockdown we experienced a huge increase in order

volume almost overnight. Keeping up with demand while also addressing increased regulations, health

concerns and supply chain disruptions created many challenges.

Through it all, we are grateful to remain in business. While our small store front remains closed to the

public for the foreseeable future, Arbor Teas continues to accept orders online at www.arborteas.com or

by phone at 734-994-7698. For all orders, Arbor Teas offers UPS and USPS shipping to any US address, free

local delivery within the City of Ann Arbor, and free in-store pick up at our Ann Arbor warehouse.


LYNCH & SONS

Profiles

Supporter

Why does your business keep

supporting SAC? Why do you think our

work matters?

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors continues

to support the mission of SAC of Michigan

because we value education deeply and

believe that every student deserves a

promising future.

Why does your business keep supporting SAC?

Our business continues to support SAC because we

believe strongly in the value of education and that every

person has a fundamental right to a quality educational

experience. Education is especially important for the most

vulnerable members of our community.

We believe that a successful, thriving local business

depends on a successful, thriving local community. This belief

drives our mission to give back and support local programs

that align with our values of education, cultural diversity, and

wellness for the community.

How has COVID impacted you and how can we help?

At the beginning of the pandemic, we were forced to layoff

a significant portion of our staff. We were able to hire back

some, but continue to operate with a smaller staff and

budget. Community support has allowed us to remain open

and offer health care coverage, paid sick-time, and a

matching retirement to our staff.

You can best support us by ordering carry-out directly

(online or by phone) versus third-party vendors (i.e.

DoorDash), dining in if that feels safe for you,

and by purchasing gift cards.


Funders 2019-2020

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, The Arc of Michigan, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice (The

National Youth Alliance on Boys and Men of Color), Asha-Jyothi, Ballmer Group, Bethel AME Church, Enterprise ,

Gerald Beckwith Constitutional Liberties Fund, Charles Stewart, Mott Foundation, Children’s Trust Fund,

Department of Health and Human Services, Dignity In Schools, First Unitarian Universalist, Freudenberg Group,

Jackson Community Foundation, John George, Jr. Student Loans Fund, Kiwanis, Michigan Medicine,

Supporters

Martin

Family Family Foundation, Oakland County Bar Association, Old National Bank, Edward F. Redies Foundation,

Inc., Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, Speckhard-Knight Charitable Foundation, The

Tides Foundation, Trinity Health, United Way of Washtenaw County, United Way of Jackson County, Washtenaw

Coordinated Funders, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health,

Washtenaw County Trial Court, Wayne County

Telling Tales 2020 Sponsors

Academic All-Star

Kris and Dave Denzin

Neil and Annmarie Hawkins

Michigan Medicine

Nancy Wheeler

Ruth & Andy Zweifler

Honor Roll

Anonymous

Bank of Ann Arbor

Joan Binkow

David & Jennifer Haines

Graduate

Ann Arbor Chapter of the NAACP, Arbor Teas, John Austin, former President of the State Board of Education and

Donor from Austin Memorial Foundation, Brendernitz, Wagner & CO., P.C., Climb Marketing, Maggie Gibbons,

Dykema Gossett, PLLC, Dr. Percy Bates, Angelos and Kathy Constantinides, Lidia and Aaron Kraft, Geoffrey

Larcom, Ethel Lee, Laborers Local 499, Michigan Virtual, Judy Martin and Lynn Jondahl, NewFoundry, NSF

International, Marianne Udow-Phillips and Bill Phillips, Rhyan Zweifler – Noetic Search, The Oginsky Family,

Layton and Daicia Price, Retirement Income Solutions, Spring-Nichols Family, Denise Tanguay & Jonathan Dean,,

Chuck Warpehoski and Nancy Shore, and Dwight Wilson.

Empty Chair Sponsors

Brewed Awakenings, Bunek Dental Studio, Mary Jo Callan, Found Gallery, Francisco Sanchez, Ginsberg Center,

Sen. Jeff Irwin, Andy LaBarre, Rep. Donna Lasinksi, MAIZ Mexican Cantina, Rep. Ronnie Peterson

Story Soiree 2019 (Detroit)

Valedictorian

Delta Dental

Honor Roll Sponsors

Patti Aaron

Ruth and Andrew Zweifler


Rising Scholar

Joel Fortgang and Jillian Gross

Cynthia Maritato

Supporters

Schick

Pep Squad Sponsors

Anonymous, First Children’s Finance, Beverly A. Baroni Ph.D, LMSW, Ned and Annie Staebler, Education Trust-

Midwest, Craig and Carrie Hernandez, Roosevelt Stewart (Ardagh Group), Julia Cohen, Initial Brands Incorporated,

John and Nasseem Tafelski and Mark Wallace.Star StudentPaul Salah, Faith and Gerald Flint, Kerri Zuck, Eladott

LLC, The Schvitz, Dana Thompson, Katie Fraumann, Shanita Scott, Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors

Happy Harvest Hour 2019 (Jackson)

Rising Scholar

American 1 Credit Union

CP Federal Credit Union

Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Pep Squad

Old National, Keisha Blevins

Star Student

Christoff & Sons Floor Covering, Inc.

Monthly Givers

A special thank you to our monthly donors who have committed to regular and ongoing support:

Jessica “Decky” Alexander & Bruce Kutinsky

Faye Askew-King & Richard King

Anonymous

Amy Frontier

Carrie and Greg Hammerman

Katie Hoener

Marjorie Kauth-Karjala

Jeralyn Lowe

Francisco Sanchez

Peri and Matt Stone-Palmquist

Brian Wheeler

Gail Wolkoff

Jennifer Haines

Megan Stembridge

Anna Monkmeyer

James & Sally Roach

Legacy Society

We are thankful for our Legacy Society who include SAC in their Will or Charitable Trust!

Peri and Matt Stone-Palmquist


Special thanks to these other supporters:

Community Resource Limited, Lynn Baldwin and Tim McIntyre, William and Sara Benedetto, Karen and

Charles Chapell, Mark Chesler, Alicia Davis, Esther Floyd, Helen Fox, Daniel & Jill Francis, Julia Gilbert, Grace

Family Charitable Endowment Fund, Mary Gray, Jack and Jill of America, Inc Ypsilanti Chapter, Tonya

Supporters

Kneff-

Chang, Gail Lanphear, Ronald Ozminkowski, Cynthia Maritato Schick, Olivia Maynard, Mike Merrick &

Catherine McClary, Jim & Heather Monkmeyer, William Peterson, Eydie Reynolds, Heidi Ruud, Lee

Schlesinger and Lisa Klopfer, Cynthia Strang, Ann Taber, Dr. Richard Tolman and Naomi Woloshin, United

Health Group, Ambassador Ronald and Ms. Eileen Weiser, Erick Williams and Margaret Nielsen, Marrow

Detroit, Alma Wheeler Smith, John Zweifler, Liz Zweifler & Steve Downes,

Mark and Donna Zweifler, Natanya Zweifler

And many thanks to everyone who supports our work!

F I N A N C I A L S N A P S H O T

R E V E N U E

G R A N T S

C O N T R I B U T I O N S

S P E C I A L E V E N T S

O T H E R R E V E N U E

F E E S F O R A D V O C A C Y

T O T A L

$ 8 7 6 , 0 7 7

$ 8 1 , 6 7 8

$ 9 4 , 5 0 3

$ 3 , 6 6 5

$ 1 , 0 9 0

$ 1 , 0 5 7 , 0 1 3

E X P E N S E S

P R O G R A M S

M A N A G E M E N T

F U N D R A I S I N G

T O T A L

$ 8 3 6 , 7 6 4

$ 1 1 6 , 6 6 5

$ 5 8 , 7 4 2

$ 1 , 0 3 9 , 1 7 1

N o t e : T h e d i f f e r e n c e b e t w e e n r e v e n u e a n d

e x p e n s e s i s d u e t o t h e t i m i n g o f g r a n t s .

Contributions

7.7%

Special events

8.9%

Management

11%

Fundraising

6%

Grants

82.9%

Programs

83%

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