Protect Life Michigan

LANSING, MI   |  protectlifemi.org

Mission

Our mission is to end abortion by recruiting and training students for pro-life leadership, educating youth on life issues, and networking students to strengthen their impact.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Christen Pollo

Main address

PO BOX 23042

LANSING, MI 48909 USA

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Formerly known as

Students for Life of Michigan

EIN

20-3229372

NTEE code info

Right to Life (R62)

Reproductive Rights (R61)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Abortion takes the lives of over 2,300 pre-born babies every day (https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-abortion-united-states#). Over 46% of abortions are performed on college-aged women (18-24). On top of this, 66% of Christian students lose their faith and worldview in college. Young people today don't know why they believe what they do, so when flooded with pro-choice philosophy from professors, the abortion industry, and pop culture, they are easily molded. Additionally, there is no Michigan-based pro-life organization that works completely with students.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Campus Outreach

Our Campus Activist Model drives all outreach on campuses. Using free campus-wide displays, flyer campaigns, and table displays made by Protect Life Michigan, students can reach thousands of students at their schools.

Campus Mentors work with students to train them on effective dialogue, attend outreach events with campus clubs to help them create conversation, and debrief afterward.

Stump the Pro-lifer is an additional, large-scale event specifically targeting pro-choice students. It allows pro-choice students to engage with a pro-life apologist in a respectful, nonjudgmental environment.

Population(s) Served
Students
Young adults

Within the Campus Activist Model, campus mentors work extensively with group leaders, mentoring them on goal setting, leadership, and other related topics for their leadership roles. There are additional opportunities for students to dive deeper into pro-life leadership with internships at Protect Life Michigan, designed with their needs and interests in mind.

To reach pregnant and parenting students, Project Rosie was designed as a website, campus tour, and online marketing campaign. Visit www.projectrosie.com to learn more.

The Student Activity Fund is a resource for students to apply for funding for groups to host speakers, create marketing materials, create scholarships for pregnant and parenting students, and more. $3,000 is awarded each semester to groups that apply for the grant.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Each year, Protect Life Michigan holds several events to help recruit, equip, and network young advocates. Each January, Protect Life Michigan brings 165 college students to the National March for Life.

August holds the Life Advocate Intensive. This is a 4-day summer training that allows 30 select students to learn effective dialogue and practice it in the streets of Grand Rapids.

The Ignite & Equip Conference is held each October with over 200 students in attendance. This event gives students the opportunity to meet with and learn from the best pro-life leaders in the nation, network with each other, and advance in a variety of different pro-life apologetics.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new advocates recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Students

Related Program

Campus Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These results are in school years (ie: 2018 is the 2018-19 school year). This number does not include students that are already involved in PLM programs. NOTE: COVID impacted recruitment in 2020-21

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is measured in June of each year.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number is measured by school year (ie: 2018-2019). NOTE: COVID negatively impacted this number in the 2020-2021 school year.

Number of print, radio, or online ads developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Parents, Students

Related Program

Campus Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Project Rosie is an online campaign, website, and traveling display that reaches out to vulnerable pregnant and parenting students in Michigan. This number is measured by school year.

Number of individuals attending rallies or marches

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Students

Related Program

Advocacy Trainings & Events

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Protect Life Michigan hosts an annual trip to the March for Life.

Number of pro-choice hearts changed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Young adults, Students

Related Program

Campus Outreach

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

A pro-choice heart change means that either (1) the student became completely pro-life or (2) the student became at least partially more pro-life. Note: COVID negatively impacted this number in 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We have a goal to reach 100% of every college campus in Michigan. We will do so to create a generation of passionate and pro-life leaders who are committed to saving their generation from abortion.

We use a filter to discern every activity we do on campus: will this activity reach people and does it change others' minds on the issue of abortion? Using this filter, we have created the Campus Activist Model, a group model that ensures campus groups have all the resources they need (funding for activities, outreach displays, meeting agendas, etc) already created so they can focus their efforts on reaching their peers with the pro-life message. We also engage them in statewide events to train and network them with national pro-life leaders and student leaders in other schools.

We have 10 full-time staff dedicated to campus outreach and making our programs happen. Each of them have been trained extensively in pro-life apologetics, dialogue, and more.

Since 2005, we have grown from a group of volunteers to a team of 10 full-time activists in 2020. We now serve over 50 campuses, recruit over 1,200 new students to the pro-life movement annually, train more than 6,000 students, and more. Since our launch of our outreach-focused Campus Activist Model, we have now grown to reach over 64,000 students with the pro-life movement annually.

In the fall of 2020, we are launching 2 new programs to engage high school students and alumni. After rigorous design and a successful test launch in Grand Rapids, we are launching 20 new high school clubs and 5 regional Young Professionals for Life groups. Alumni who are eager to stay engaged will work with high school students to do community-based outreach, and then high schoolers will continue to do more school-based activism at their campuses.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We created the Campus Activist Model to streamline pro-life activities across our campus groups. To diffuse a lot of the extra work running a group requires and to spread the pro-life message to a greater audience on campus, we created a system that utilizes effective, results-based outreach events and cuts out much of the planning involved to make these activities happen.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Protect Life Michigan

Board of directors
as of 7/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Katie Waskiewicz

Chris Gast

Right to Life of Michigan

Lea Wojciechowski Ross

Erin Doyle

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/19/2021

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