Michigan Radio looks at Generation Y Michigan
Over half of all Michigan's public university graduates leave the state within one year of graduation. Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) intern Lauren Silverman will probably be one of them. Lauren never had any intention of moving to the state of Michigan; it just happened to be where the University of Michigan was located. And she probably won't stay after she graduates. However, according to many thinkers, young college graduates--like Lauren--are the people Michigan needs most.
On November 5, Lauren will launch a new series for Michigan Radio called "Generation Y Michigan" in which she explores why young adults in the Generation Y cohort are, or are not leaving Michigan. These stories will air on Morning Edition (M-F, 5-9 am) and All Things Considered (M-F, 4-6:30 pm) throughout the following several weeks.
"Generation Y Michigan" will examine how young people view Michigan, what Michigan needs to do to retain young people, and what Lauren's generation is hoping the future of the region looks like. Lauren will talk to demographers, employers, and, most importantly, young people (like herself) who have or will be making the decision about whether to stay or go. The on-air portion of this series will be accompanied by a blog at www.GenerationYMichigan.org, where listeners can discuss this issue, take part in polls, and view supplementary articles, photographs and essays on the topic.
Lauren is studying Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan. She worked with Youth Radio in California for 6 years, has filed 8 stories with NPR, including installments of the Day to Day series "What's the New What", and is currently working on a story for Marketplace.
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