Student Advocacy Center Presents: Telling Tales Out of School
The Student Advocacy Center presents: "Telling Tales Out of School," a live storytelling fundraising event. Come and celebrate the art and craft of live storytelling, while supporting the Student Advocacy Center and its work ensuring our most vulnerable students stay in school and realize their rights to a quality public education.
Friday, May 6 at Washtenaw Community College's Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show is 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 (or more if you'd like to make a bigger gift to SAC). High school and college students: $10. (At the door, tickets will be $30 for general admission and $10 for students.)
This a powerful evening where new and experienced storytellers come together to inspire, challenge, and create community.
Our talented storytellers include:
- Shaka Senghor, a powerful storyteller and New York Times bestselling author from Detroit who went to prison for second-degree murder at age 19. Oprah writes in O Magazine that her conversation with Shaka for SuperSoul Sunday was one of the best she's ever had, not just in her career, but in her life. SAC has been similarly moved every time we've heard Shaka speak.
- Patti Smith, a big-hearted and passionate teacher, author, local celebrity and story-teller known for her humor and candor. Patti wrote a young adult book based on the students she taught in Detroit Public Schools. She hopes it gets published so that students in poverty, in foster care, or with disabilities can all find a voice in the characters.
- Jessica "Decky" Alexander, Director of Eastern Michigan University's Office of Academic Service-Learning and a Professor in the Communication, Media and Theatre Arts Department, returns to share the story of one of SAC's parents.
- Branden Magee, a recent high school graduate who has already touched an audience with his powerful story.
- Robyn Cook, an Ypsilanti High School senior and active member of our Youth Action Michigan - Ypsilanti chapter.
Our host is Gordie Wykes, a Student Advocacy Center mentor and advocate known everywhere as the life of the party. He'll bring his trademark energy and passion to guide us through the evening and share a story.
Many thanks to our sponsors:
Leslie Desmond and Phil Stoffregen
Cindy Strang Insurance Agency
Nancy C. Wheeler
Andy and Ruth Zweifler
Zingerman's Community of Businesses
Ann Arbor NAACP
Judy Martin & Lynn Jondahl
Dave & Cathy Heins
Olaf Karlstrom, Olivia Maynard and C.S. Mott Foundation
Nacht & Roumel, P.C.
Avis Ford - Gerald D. Flint, Sr.
Bank of Ann Arbor
Bredernitz, Wagner & Co., P.C.
Annette & Kerwin Charles
Steve and Liz Downes
Tim and Laura Florence
First United Methodist Church - Ypsilanti
Katie L. Hoener
Scott A. Menzel
Ann & Don Munro
Plante Moran Cresa
Paul & Lori Saginaw
Alma Wheeler Smith
Department of Health & Human Services - Washtenaw County
Patty Maher and Rob Hoffman
Better Made Snack Foods Inc.
Honorary Host Committee
Cheryl Slay Taylor
Dr. Angelique Day
Dr. Percy Bates
Dr. Richard Tolman
Jim & Susan Bunton
Pastor Bill Hales
Rep. Adam Zemke
Rep. Jeff Irwin
Teens are welcome but please leave younger children and youth at home.
The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan is a unique organization with a proud, 40-year history of helping vulnerable students stay in school or get back into school. There is no other organization like us in Michigan. Our services include youth-driven, family-driven, collaborative education advocacy and support, as well as a statewide Student Rights Hotline, an evidence-based academic mentoring program that lasts at least two years, and a leadership after-school program called Youth Action Michigan, which gives students most impacted by school pushout the skills, connections and supports they need to spark systems changes. We are particularly focused on students experiencing foster care, homelessness, mental illness and the negative impacts of harsh school discipline. Many of our referrals come straight from schools and other community partners.
Please see our website for more information at: www.studentadvocacycenter.org.
Tickets will be available at the door by check, cash and credit card. To avoid a service fee, please bring a check payable to Student Advocacy Center. Tickets bought on-site with a credit card will cost $30, rather than $25.
Towsley Auditorium (Morris Lawrence Building), Washtenaw Community College (View)
4800 E. Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
|Minimum Age: 13|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|