Albert takes inspiration from Rosa Parks, who showed the world that a peaceful act of advocacy can start a movement, and from her quote, “If I can sit down for justice, you can stand up for children.”
Ms. Park’s impact on Albert is evidenced by the opportunities at Stand he selects. He began by simply attending a Stand as One retreat where he started learning how to build his own capacity for parenting. He kept showing up and standing up, advancing to becoming a facilitator-in-training for this family engagement program. While balancing the challenges of single parenting and living in a deeply under-resourced neighborhood, Albert became one of the most active members of Stand’s field team which engages with community members on issues such as equitable funding.
Today, Albert is a Stand Fellow. In this role, he is building a team of power parents at his son’s school and partnering with the principal to increase parent engagement and consistent student attendance. He is particularly interested in encouraging more fathers of color to become involved in the school.
When he was a child, Albert’s family was often homeless and sometimes received support services from the Department of Children and Family Services. These are formidable challenges for anyone, but Albert is determined to prove that, no matter what your station in life, you can make a difference.