There are plenty of ways to stand up for children. I’m a Stand Fellow and am deeply involved with the Stand as One program. My life’s work has been working in childcare and serving my Burnside community in Chicago by advocating for all children.
My friend Kim stands for children by taking an active role at her child’s CPS neighborhood school. When kids couldn’t get to school safely, she took a stand and led the effort to bring Safe Passage to that school. Making sure students can walk to and from school safely – that’s definitely standing up for children.
Alexis, a CPS parent and fellow Stand member, recently took a stand for children when she attended CPS’ community meetings to discuss the district’s budget priorities. Not only that, but she added her name, along with other parents, educators, and community members, to a letter to the CPS Board of Education urging them to have the courage and persistence to dismantle inequity in our city’s schools.
And before she joined Stand as a Community Organizer, Krystal spoke out for all Illinois students at a school funding rally in Springfield. Her voice and continued advocacy added to a chorus of parents up and down our state that helped make the new, more equitable, school funding formula a reality.
Like I said, there are plenty of ways for folks to stand up for children. I urge you to get involved and find the way that works best for you to take a stand for Illinois kids.
Another way to support parents in this work is through a donation to Stand for Children. Your generosity helps provide the resources parents like me need to take a stand.
I’m looking forward to continuing my work – and I look forward to seeing you out there soon.