Over half of all Michigan’s public university graduates leave the state within one year of graduation. However, according to many thinkers, young college graduates are the people Michigan needs most.

On November 5, 2009, Michigan Radio launched a series called “Generation Y Michigan” in which newsroom intern Lauren Silverman explored why young adults in the Generation Y cohort are, or are not leaving Michigan. These stories aired on Morning Edition and All Things Considered throughout the final two months of 2009.

Generation Y Michigan examined 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 talked 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 was accompanied by this website, where listeners can still discuss this issue, take part in polls, and view supplementary photographs and essays.

Michigan Radio, the public radio station of The University of Michigan, is an NPR News Station and the most-listened-to public radio service in the state, with nearly 500,000 listeners per week across southern Michigan. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.

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Lauren Silverman Bio PhotoLauren Silverman – Newsroom Intern

Lauren spent the majority of her internship at Michigan Radio reporting and blogging for the Generation Y Michigan series. She received a degree in Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Michigan in December 2009. Back in her hometown of Berkeley, California, Lauren put her curiosity to work and started doing interviews as a high school intern for Youth Radio. In 2005 she won a Gracie Allen Award from American Women in Radio and Television. Since then she has gone on to write and record opinion pieces for America Public Media’s Marketplace, as well as National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. After graduating, Lauren moved to D.C. and took her mic with her.

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This website was created by Nick Meador.