Organizing for Change: Family Engagement & Organizing
We show up, we speak up, we reach out, we vote
In our efforts to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to graduate from high school prepared for college or career, we need to be sure that decision-makers hear us and take action. We unite those with common visions through family engagement and organizing, which amplifies their voices to lead to educational improvements.
Organizing is a way to purposefully bring a large group of people together and empower them to create change. When community members who have a personal stake in the issues show up, speak out and vote, they can impact decision-makers. Organizers help educate and empower like-minded individuals to come together and be a powerful force for change.
At Stand, we have four key steps to organizing for change. We:
- Educate parents and community members on the issues
- Build teams of members with team leaders
- Develop leaders’ and members’ skills, knowledge, and confidence
- Mobilize teams to take action on issues and electoral campaigns
Our organizing work encompasses multiple activities. Ways in which community members engage with us include:
- Our family engagement program, Stand University for Parents (Stand UP). Stand UP, which is an initiative of the Stand for Children Leadership Center, is a six-week curriculum for parents and guardians that focuses on actionable steps they can take to get involved in their children’s academics.
- Educational opportunities, like workshops, community forums, and presentations
- Hosting or attending house parties or other small-group gatherings
- Mobilizing and taking action directly with decision-makers through: testimony, petition drives, meeting with legislators or school board members, Lobby Days, phone banks, canvasses
- Becoming an official leader or member of Stand for Children Indiana
Organizing for change and improvement is a vital part of our mission. Our goal is to ensure that the people making decisions every day about education are well-informed champions for all children.