Helping Michigan's Children with Lynda McGhee

3rd Act

20-07-2021 • 31 mins

Lynda taught language arts and the Detroit public schools system, although challenging, she loved educating and helping children through that experience.

After that time, Lynda decided to attend Wayne State University law school. And she says she happened upon a job posting for a position as an intern with the Wayne County prosecutor's office in the juvenile court. She worked there for years and the prosecutor's office gaining insight into the plight of young people and the court system.

And decided to start a nonprofit called the Ark Nonviolence Program to help children achieve their goals. Linda managed to direct the Ark, even after being recruited to the Michigan Children's Law Center (MCLC). And after 15 years, she closed the doors on the Ark to accept the position of co-executive director of what I call the MCLC.

We talk about what the Michigan Children's Law Center does and how it helps people. With clients who range in age from 0 - 20 years old. They help inside and outside of the courtroom. Their 12 attorneys represent many clients and it can be a challenging profession.

"You can only look at so many autopsies of a one-year-old or x-rays of broken bones on a five-month-old before you wondering, am I doing a good job? When will it get better? We really work together at MCLC to encourage one another." ~ Lynda McGhee

We break down how the courts work and how the dockets are arranged. From baby, drug, mental health, there is a team of people and judges that give wrap-around services to kids and teens.

"You wouldn't believe the enormous amount of services out here to help people, but they don't really know about it."

If you would like to donate to the Michigan Children's Law Center to give to families in need please donate online.

The donations help with things like backpacks, clothes, and other resources that children in the Foster system need. All proceeds will be used to help fund programs to prevent child abuse, address the needs of youth aging out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and teach tolerance.

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