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 5 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.) If you'd like to grab dinner beforehand at 6 p.m., tickets are $75 ($60 for students).
This a powerful evening where new and experienced storytellers come together to inspire, challenge, and create community.
Our talented storytellers include:
- Derrick Jackson. Since 2008 Derrick has served as the Director of Community Engagement for the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office. As a social worker and Certified LEO he has a unique perspective and role in building bridges between law enforcement and the communities they serve. As a volunteer track coach and community volunteer for numerous local youth serving organizations, Derrick works daily to improve the lives of Washtenaw County youth.
- 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.
- A performance by Eastern Michigan University's Applied Theater class that will take you inside an expulsion hearing.
- And several students!
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.
We will be offering dinner this year from 6-7 p.m. Dinner will be offered in the beautiful ML 150 room overlooking the pond (near the Towsley Theater). In honor of Cinco de Mayo, dinner will be a Southwest Station - Beef or chicken fajitas grilled to perfection with peppers & onions and sides of sour cream, guacamole, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, pineapple salsa, flour tortillas, corn tortillas, chips (in lieu of rolls) and spicy rice (as your side). (Limited seats.)
Many thanks to our sponsors:
Ann Arbor State Bank
Kris and Dave Denzin
Nancy C. Wheeler
Ann Arbor NAACP
Michael Allemang and Janis Bobrin
Bredernitz, Wagner & Co., P.C.
Edith Lewis and Jon Swanson
Fred and Ethel Lee
Aubrey and Jeremy Lopatin
Scott A. Menzel
Mark Giesler & John Palladino
Alma Wheeler Smith
Patty Maher and Rob Hoffman
Honorary Host Committee
Jim & Susan Bunton
Rev. Billy Hailes, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Belleville
Craig & Carrie Hernandez
Rev. Jeffrey and Monica Harrold, New Beginnings Church of Washtenaw County
Dr. Percy Bates, Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Michigan
Linda Edwards-Brown, Washtenaw County Juvenile Court Administrator and Pittsfield Township Trustee
Richard Tolman, PhD, Sheldon D. Rose Collegiate Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Halla K. Motawi, LMSW
Erin Schaffer, LMSW
Maria Sheler-Edwards, Ypsilanti Community Schools Board Member
Daphne Slater, Ann Arbor Public Schools Counselor
Michael and Cheryl Slay Taylor
Monique Uzelac, Director of WAVE
Teens (middle school and up) 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 Helpline, an evidence-based academic mentoring program, an in-home program addressing chronic absenteeism in elementary students, 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. Tickets bought on-site $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!|