Advocacy in Policy Making
January 9, 2012
Michele Robotham Corey (EPFP 1993-94) is the Vice President for Programs at Michigan's Children, a child advocacy organization that acts as a voice for children. In that capacity, Ms. Corey is responsible for increasing the level of awareness of children's issues around the state; and creating opportunities for local child advocates and coalitions to communicate effectively with local- and state-level policy-makers. She has extensive experience in presenting data and policy information to a wide variety of audiences throughout Michigan, develops issue analyses and related publications for distribution throughout Michigan, and works with other organizations in developing and implementing cradle to career advocacy strategies.
Ms. Corey is currently responsible for a statewide dropout and recovery initiative focused on producing multiple pathways to graduation by growing better data about young people and the systems that serve them, providing better educational options for young people, and building public support for policy and practice that sustain those options. She also helps policy makers and local communities use the information available through the Kids Count project to improve planning and decision-making about children's services.