Stand As One

The Stand as One program is focused on resilience and capacity-building for parents, educators, and community members. The program originated on the South Side of Chicago, and its progression is a testament to the power of community organizing. It grew out of parents’ desire to address the toll that violence and trauma were taking on their families and schools.

But rather than meeting in the traditional Stand as One Saturday morning retreats (learn more about that experience here), Stand shifted the program to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the new, pressing needs of families.

We stood with parents, educators, and school communities by providing high-quality cloth face masks to schools and families across the South Side of Chicago. Made by a woman and minority-owned Chicago small business, these masks provided protection and support to those who needed them most as the pandemic raged, hitting hardest many of the communities where we work.

Keeping parents engaged in their school communities throughout the pandemic was a must for Stand. Partnering with parents and community members, we ensured parent voices were included as key decisions were made for the future of outside-school hours programming, school budgeting, and school ratings. At each turn, Stand supported parents as they offered crucial insight and context to give voice to what Chicago families really want and need from these systems.

As the pandemic begins to fade and life, hopefully, begins to return to “normal,” Stand is looking to reboot Stand as One programming to be responsive to the needs of South Side communities. We know the power of these retreats and the impact they can have, so as we look to bring them even closer to parents, educators, and community members, be sure to reach out to Tommorrow Snyder, Stand’s Regional Organizing Director, for more information.

You can also support Stand as One and our efforts to bring educational equity to all Illinois students.

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