Over the past two and a half years while serving as Stand for Children Massachusetts’ Boston Organizer, I’ve learned so much about education, our city, and the parents who live here. As I prepare to transition out of this role to pursue a master’s degree in public policy, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on some of the changes I’ve seen, relationships I’ve made, and successes I’ve witnessed in my time here.
During my tenure, Stand went through some major changes. Our Boston membership has really grown, since 2013 our membership has swelled from about 50 to almost 250. Our diverse teams now boast representation from all Boston neighborhoods.
I’ve been so fortunate to work with so many dedicated members and built strong relationships with our member leaders, mothers, and grandmothers like Ursula Allston-Hill, Sandra Diaz, Elizabeth Neely, Soraya Harley, Mary Greene, and Carrie Lee. These women have imparted so much knowledge about our city and schools on me as well as taught me about determination, perseverance, and passion.
I’ve also been fortunate to witness our members accomplish some incredible things that make a truly meaningful difference for families across the Commonwealth. Members have successfully advocated for increased funding for early education, the reform of the Chapter 70 funding formula, and the protection of full-day kindergarten grants. They delivered powerful and passionate testimony to the Joint Committees on Education and Ways and Means, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Boston School Committee.
I look forward to continuing to stand with our members, as a member, in the fight to ensure that all children, no matter their zip code, are prepared for, and have access to, a college education.