This is one post in a series made possible by a grant from Capital Area United Way. The grant allowed Stand for Children Louisiana to provide direct cash transfers to twelve qualified members to support quality early education and/or continuing adult education.
My name is Keristen, and I am a mother of a five year boy named Brayden. I joined Stand for Children Louisiana in 2017 because I think it is the responsibility of our communities to join the effort in advocating for equal education and holding our elected leaders accountable for the needs of our families and children. My mother was a part of Stand before I was, and I was interested in learning more about how I could help engage my local community to inspire other parents to take action on education.
During my time at Stand, I have gained organizing skills by canvassing and phone-banking and talking to other families and parents who believe schools should prepare children for their future careers, regardless of their background. I am particularly interested in ensuring that Pre-K and early childhood education are included in the conversation and will be accessible to all children starting their education.
My family was heavily impacted by COVID-19 since Brayden’s daycare changed its hours of operation and impacted the times I could work. This direct payment by Capital Area United Way and Stand for Children Louisiana has been a blessing to my family, and I am grateful to receive this payment as I will use it to further Brayden’s education.