Above: It was my honor to present MSU graduate students Jayme Danzig and Marva Goodson with a resolution recognizing their work with at-risk youths in Ingham County. Ms. Danzig (second from left) and Ms. Goodson (far right) are pictured with Sean Hankins (far left), who served as their advisor on the project.
I recently had the privilege of meeting two remarkable young women who have put their energy and intelligence to work for at-risk young people in Ingham County.
Since 2011, Michigan State University graduate students Jayme Danzig and Marva Goodson have worked on the Youth Advancement Through Athletics Program at Ingham Academy.
Working with at-risk students, like those at the Ingham Academy, could be challenging for some and impossible for others. But Ms. Danzig and Ms. Goodson enjoyed their work with 40 at-risk boys.
Under the supervision of Professor Bill Davidson and their advisor, Sean Hankins, Ms. Danzig and Ms. Goodson designed and implemented a program that incorporated mentoring, community service, and preparing for a brighter future. The program used sports, in this case, basketball, as just one part of the comprehensive approach to teaching the boys leadership skills and what it feels like to be part of a well functioning peer group -- a team.
The Ingham Academy basketball team attended one of the Board's Law and Courts Committee meetings. They were well dressed, well mannered, and attentive. In short, they were a pleasure to have at our meeting.
According to the team members, Ms. Danzig and Ms. Goodson have helped them see beyond whatever their lives were like before they started at Ingham Academy. The boys see a future that includes education, fulfilling careers, and community involvement.
Ms. Danzig and Ms. Goodson invested themselves in the program, clearly going beyond what was required for their studies at MSU. They cared, and it shows. They will, no doubt, have a bright future, and the boys they worked with can count on brighter futures as well. Read the full text of the Board's resolution here.
History was made here in Michigan in the last weeks of March 2014. A federal district judge held that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is an unconstitutional violation of same-sex couples’ right to equal protection. And less than 24 hours after the decision in the DeBoer case was released, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay, effectively putting the DeBoer decision on hold until the Court of Appeals can hear the Michigan Attorney General’s appeal.
But on March 22 -- before the stay was issued -- Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and her counterparts in Muskegon, Oakland, and Washtenaw counties issued marriage licenses to hundreds of same-sex couples. And here in Ingham County, Clerk Byrum performed marriages for 30 same-sex couples
I wrote this resolution to recognize Clerk Byrum’s service to Ingham County’s same-sex couples and to voice the Board of Commissioners’ collective (though not unanimous) disapproval of Governor Snyder’s and Attorney General Schuette’s continued commitment to discriminate against Michigan’s LGBT community.
Since the Board passed this resolution on March 25, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages performed in Michigan. This means that same-sex spouses will receive all of the federal benefits that their opposite-sex counterparts receive. Unfortunately, married same-sex couples will likely have to wait a while longer for their home state to do the same.
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