Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research takes a swing through Battle Creek on Friday, July 21, 2017 and hosts the "Engage Battle Creek" event, hoping to inspire the region's future leaders.

It's part of the Institute's "Michigan Political Leadership Program" which has scheduled three such visits around the state, hoping to give interested future politicians some information they can use to ready themselves for eventual political office.

The Institute's website promotes "Engage Battle Creek" as including the following:

  • Train to become politically engaged at the local and state levels
  • Learn from experts on early childhood education and other issues facing Michigan
  • Find out how to apply for the Michigan Political Leadership Program
  • Participate in roundtables and interactive discussions

The Institute's director, Matt Grossman, tells 95.3 WBCK the initiative attempts to balance the program with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans who are passionate about various issues and serving their communities and state.

Click the player above to hear him elaborate.

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