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, we need to be sure that decision-makers hear us and take action. Through family engagement and organizing, we unite individuals with a common message, amplifying their voices for greater influence.
Organizing is a way to purposefully bring a large group of people together and empower them to create change. When the people who are personally impacted by the issues show up, speak out, and vote, that has an impact on decision-makers. Organizers educate and empower ordinary people to come together as an extraordinary force for change.
At Stand, we have 4 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 an 8-week course 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
Organizing for change is a vital part of our mission. Every day, decisions are made about education that impact children in every classroom. Our goal is to ensure the people making these decisions are well-informed champions for children and that their decisions are made in students’ best interest to have the greatest positive impact.