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Every day, 6 Michigan students are expelled from school and many more are suspended or absent for a variety of reasons.  Every empty chair in school represents a complex story and missed opportunity to learn and grow.

We are proud to partner with art students to elevate real-life stories of empty chairs in school. 

Thanks to our Empty Chair volunteers: Adrian Deva, Joye Ofei, Lynne Settles, Nick Azarro and Nick Tobier.

Since 1975, Student Advocacy Center has worked to fill those empty chairs. We provide advocacy, support, mentoring for out-of-school youth or those missing a lot of school, particularly for disciplinary reasons. We know a better way is possible and work to elevate the voice of students, collaborate with schools and develop more effective ways to address challenging behavior.

Ready to Sponsor in 2021?           

Learn about the sponsorship levels here. Please go to this Web site to sponsor.

Images of the empty chairs being made and displayed

Art Exhibit

Friday, May 22, 2020

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Tickets: $30 / $35 at the door ($10 with student ID)




Empty Chair Sponsors

Brewed Awakenings 

Bunek Dental Studio

Mary Jo Callan

Found Gallery

Francisco Sanchez

Ginsberg Center

Sen. Jeff Irwin

Andy LaBarre

Rep. Donna Lasinksi

MAIZ Mexican Cantina

Rep. Ronnie Peterson

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Our Programs

Photo of student writing on a whiteboard.

We have a variety of programs to help students, including: Education Advocacy, Check and Connect, and more. View our Programs »