For Michigan to increase its economic prosperity, its citizens must have equitable access to opportunities from cradle to career. Yet a legacy of systemic inequality continues to hinder progress and limit opportunity. Simply put, the state’s young people do not have equitable access—across racial, ethnic, gender, age and other lines—to good schools, jobs and health care. What’s at stake is not just their future but Michigan’s.
In light of these disparities, the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) organized a committee of foundation and nonprofit leaders to design a statewide convening on March 27, 2012 to explore the road ahead for Michigan’s young people, with a focus on what the state’s foundations can do to help that road be a prosperous one. This report was commissioned to provide research and examples to inform the conversation, at the convening and beyond.