The Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy has a proven track record in helping young people change the direction of their lives.
I recently supported Senate legislation that would allow judges to expunge the record of certain juvenile offenders if they complete the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy program. The academy is administered by the Michigan National Guard and offers high school dropouts or potential dropouts the opportunity to earn a high-school degree and college credits. With a focus on self-discipline and physical, mental and moral development, the program can help young offenders change their circumstances and behavior.
Senate Bill 471 would give young offenders a second chance and the opportunity to make a future for themselves. The bill has been sent to the House for consideration.
Breast Cancer Awareness license plate
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Michigan women.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to remind motorists that the Breast Cancer Awareness license plate is one of several special fundraising plates offered by the state of Michigan. The plate features the Pink Ribbon logo and the message “Early Detection Saves Lives.” Proceeds from sales of the plate help support a state program that provides low-income women access to lifesaving cancer screening services and follow-up care, including cancer treatment if needed. Visit www.michigan.gov/sos and click on “Owning a Vehicle” for more information.
Michigan historical markers website
A fall color tour or road trip is a great way for travelers to take in a little Michigan history at the same time!
Since 1955, Michigan’s historical markers — the familiar green and gold signs — have told the stories of significant people, places and events in our state’s history. There are more than 1,700 markers across the state, many at highway rest areas or along scenic byways. There are even a few outside of Michigan, including one in Kentucky at the Perryville Battlefield State Park, honoring the Michigan soldiers who aided the Union in this Civil War battle.
A new, interactive website enables travelers or history buffs to easily find the markers and learn about Michigan’s past. Visit www.michigan.gov/markers and locate these sites by location, theme or word search.
Find the perfect hunting spot
Hunters, visit www.mi.gov/mihunt to find public hunting land, as well as private land open to the public for hunting and trapping in Michigan. The mapping tool allows users to see features such as land topography, trails, aerial photography and more. The Mi-HUNT application works on mobile devices for use in the field.