2023 Advocate Academy

Academy Grads Reflect on Impact

April 12, 2023 |

The 6th annual Advocate Academy is taking place Saturday, April 15th. The hands-on training is designed to help people become more effective advocates for their communities.

Even though Advocate Academy is based in Traverse City, it’s had an impact around Michigan, and we want to celebrate that by featuring a few past participants.

Craig Wood from the 2021 class is doing great work alongside others in Livingston County through a nonprofit called Go Liv Co- Horal Family Foundation, 2022 participant Mark Hymes is involved in the Livingston County Transportation Coalition and works as the Program Coordinator for his region’s Disability Network, and 2022 class member Neal Glazebrook has been involved with both groups, chairs Oceola Township’s Planning Commission, and is the Events Director at the League of Michigan Bicyclists.

You participated in a class that met virtually over a six-week period, thinking back, what message stuck with you the most?

Craig (pictured below)The message that stuck for me most was that a small group of passionate citizens could make a difference by focusing attention on non-motorized efforts and speaking up during “calls to public.” Not complaining but creating walkable communities.