The facts are stark: roughly a quarter of American children fail to finish high school. That number translates to nearly one million young people leaving classrooms for the streets, every year.
An American without a high school diploma is virtually guaranteed a lifetime of low earnings and poor health, and is at high risk for incarceration.
We believe our country’s failure to prepare kids for productive adulthood is a persistent civil rights issue that poses a grave economic challenge to American prosperity and productivity. Access to a quality public education is a basic human right – one we are dedicated to protecting. Stand for Children works across the country – from the classroom to the Capitol – to mobilize Americans around a common goal of improving the odds for American children.
We believe ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Education is the key that unlocks the door to success. Far too many children, through no fault of their own, aren’t getting the education they need to make it in life. We are passionately committed to righting this wrong.
Our mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. To make that happen, we:
- Educate and empower parents, teachers, and community members to demand excellent public schools.
- Advocate for effective local, state and national education policies and investments.
- Ensure the policies and funding we advocate for reach classrooms and help students.
- Elect courageous leaders who will stand up for our priorities.
We have more than a decade of experience working together with parents, communities and organizations as partners. Together, we elect state legislators and local officials who will be champions for education. We deliver policy victories at the state level. And we follow through to ensure new policies are effectively implemented in public school classrooms.
Stand for Children staff work state by state, community by community in order to make the biggest possible impact.