Speaking for Kids, the podcast from Michigan’s Children

by Michigan's Children

Each month, Speaking for Kids the podcast will bring you a variety of crucial conversations with people making public policy – and the voices of the people impacted by those decisions in Michigan. Our goal will be to help you strengthen your voice to speak up for the changes we need to improve Michigan’s kids' & families' lives. In this and future podcasts, we’ll explore encouraging champions like you to get involved in the iss... Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • S01 E15 - Justice by Geography? Addressing Juvenile Detention

    S01 E15 - Justice by Geography? Addressing Juvenile Detention

    Michigan’s Children’s Host Matt Gillard is joined on the Speaking for Kids podcast by three special guests to discuss glaring problems that came to light in the Wayne County youth detention system this fall. In a series of investi...

    29:25
  • S01 E14 - What’s in Store for Kinship Care in Michigan?

    S01 E14 - What’s in Store for Kinship Care in Michigan?

    Speaking for Kids Host Matt Gillard from Michigan’s Children explores animportant family issue that’s thankfully gaining greater attention at the Capitollately. With 54,000 children living in kinship care families in Michigan, Mat...

    22:07
  • S01 E13 - Change is Coming: Youth and Michigan's Justice System: Michigan's Children's Matt Gillard

    S01 E13 - Change is Coming: Youth and Michigan's Justice System: Michigan's Children's Matt Gillard

    Welcome two members of the Michigan Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform to the Speaking for Kids Podcast to discuss a series of 32 recommended reforms that hold the promise of transforming the state’s court system for youth. Jas...

    33:52
  • S01 E12 - The Business Case for High-Quality Child Care

    S01 E12 - The Business Case for High-Quality Child Care

    Michigan’s Children’s Speaking for Kids Podcast with Matt Gillard returns with senior economist Tim Bartik, of the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, to address the acute and long-term crisis in child care, its impact on la...

    29:45
  • S01 E11 - Fostering Early Childhood Mental Health: A Timely Talk with Eminent Researcher, Dr. Walter Gilliam

    S01 E11 - Fostering Early Childhood Mental Health: A Timely Talk with Eminent Researcher, Dr. Walter Gilliam

    “I look at data for a living, but rarely do I ever do statistical analysis and look at the data and want to cry over it,” Yale University’s eminent child psychiatrist Dr. Walter Gilliam told Michigan’s Children’s Matt Gillard on t...

    27:18