We’re celebrating 20 years of changing children’s lives.
But our work is far from over.
It was hard to know where to start when I first walked into the new Stand for Children offices as a 25-year-old, with a team of just two others.
But, in the two decades since our founding rally, we have positively impacted the education and lives of millions of children. On June 1, 2016, we proudly celebrated our 20th anniversary.
In those 20 years, we have grown from an idea into an incredibly hard-working staff of 130 people, with 11 state offices, hundreds of thousands of supporters, and hundreds of volunteer leaders across the country.
Our passionate belief is that every child deserves a good education that gives them a chance to rise. In a nation with increasing inequality and declining social mobility, it is more important than ever to fight for the millions of children in our country who don’t receive the quality of education they deserve simply because of their ZIP code, race, or economic status.
We are nowhere near where we want to be, but, working with our many partners, we have made real progress. Tens of thousands more students are reading on grade level because of our work. Tens of thousands more students are in better schools because of our work. Thousands of teachers have received high-quality mentoring early in their careers because of our work. Thousands of students of color who would have been tracked to lower-level courses are in advanced classes. And, thousands of parents in underserved communities have become effective leaders and advocates.
I’m proud of the impact we’ve made, but we need to double-down on our efforts at a time when so many students are being targeted or unfairly treated because of their race, religion, gender, and nation of origin; when vital funding that helps disadvantaged children is at risk; and when proven solutions that can significantly increase the number of children who read by third grade and who graduate high school career or college ready still aren’t in place across our nation.
If you agree, please think about what you’re willing to do and then let me know how we can work together. Thank you for all you do for children and for taking a stand at a time when children need us to show more courage and conviction than ever.
Co-founder and CEO of Stand for Children
Co-founder & CEO of Stand for Children