This year we launched our first ever year-long Parent Advocacy Fellowship program. Seven fellows have spent this year honing their community organizing skills—crafting their stories of self, hosting events and holding 1:1s to motivate and inspire other parents to join their work for educational equity. They have spent much of this year focused on the transformation of Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) accountability system—authoring op-eds, testifying before the board, and distributing surveys and petitions within their communities to call on DPS to provide parents with accessible information about how well schools are serving students and communities.
Parent Organizer, Ivana Bejaran Rib, said about Ruby, “She is always ready to learn something new and expand her horizons. She is an inspiration and I know she will succeed at everything she sets her mind too in life. She is a fighter.”
Check out what Ruby had to say about her experience in the fellowship.
What did you like most about the fellowship?
What I loved most about the fellowship was that no matter where you come from or where you’re going, the program teaches you how you can use your story to inspire others. Having the right leadership and people around you makes a difference.
What work are you most proud of in completing the fellowship?
The work I am most proud of was definitely getting in front line of the work, being face to face with the Capitol and using my voice in testimonies and with that, we were able to pass fully funded kindergarten for children in Colorado.
What learning will you take away from the fellowship?
What I learned and my takeaways are that I always have to be working on my own challenges. It pushed me to levels out of my comfort zone like no other. I felt so empowered and unstoppable being surrounded with likeminded individuals going for the same vision and goal. Stand vision and mission stands! Get our children reading at an early age to set them up for success in whatever they want to do!