On Saturday, September 22, 2018, more than 80 Stand for Children Massachusetts members, guests, and staff convened at the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club to celebrate another year of advocacy and plan for the year ahead.
The day opened with East Boston Team Captain Elsa Flores graciously telling the crowd why she advocates for her children and the children of Massachusetts. Elsa’s passion and hard work has only grown in her last seven years with the organization. This was followed by Brianna Aloisio, Policy and Government Affairs Manager, who discussed the policy behind why funding is inequitable and outdated in Massachusetts. During her presentation, the audience experienced a powerful moment of all signing the pledge to Stand for fair school funding together.
Later in the day, Stand for Children’s Vice President of Organizing, Jennifer Warner, inspired the crowd by presenting on advocacy and what it takes to build a movement. This was followed by a breakout session where members wrote letters to the Governor, telling him how unfair school funding has affected their children’s education. The day ended with Holyoke Team Captain Yamaris Rivera reflecting on why she believes in taking action and asking her peers to do the same. Finally, we celebrated our amazing members, especially our 2018 Member of the Year – Greater Boston Team Captain Jenniffer Lara who has demonstrated outstanding leadership this past year.
The day was filled with excitement, breakout singing sessions, chants, the opportunity to register to vote and a lot of social media posts. To view some of the day’s festivities follow us on Twitter or Facebook and use #StandMASummit to see the more than 300 posts from this year’s summit.
Thank you to all who joined us and stood with us while we celebrated our achievements and looked forward to the future of equitable excellence in education.