Stand for Children is a grassroots membership organization working to empower parents, elect courageous leaders, and advance K-12 public education. Become a member today.
"Stand for Children gives you power, it gives you a voice. ... Through Stand for Children, we can make things happen as a result of us instead of happening to us." - Terrence, father of four and member of our Tacoma chapter
What does it mean to be a member?
Members believe in Stand for Children's mission of making sure every student graduates from high school prepared for and with access to college. Members are willing to show up, speak up, reach out and vote.
If you believe -- like we do -- that every child deserves a good education, then make a donation at a level that is meaningful to you and become a member right now.
Benefits of Membership
- Better Schools, Brighter Future. Working together, we can build a brighter future where every child has a good education and an equal opportunity to succeed.
"I want every kid to know that their circumstances shouldn’t stop them, that they are capable and smart. Education is a way out of living in poverty and I want to be a voice for people who need to be heard," says Tasia, a student from Tacoma.
- Training & Skills. You have the power to create change in your classroom, your school, your district and your state. Learn how to advocate for better schools, including how to organize, talk to legislators and school board members, testify at a committee hearing or board meeting, and respond to media. Members in our Tacoma chapter can also learn how to be an active participant in their child's education with our 10-week Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) classes.
"With Stand for Children, I learned the vocabulary I need as an advocate, to talk about issues and connect tangible outcomes," says Kristy, a parent from Seattle.
- Events. You'll get members-only access and information at all our events, including local study circles, our Legislative Summit & Training, Lobby Day, End-of-Session Celebration, Changing the Odds Lunch (with speakers like Geoffrey Canada and Marian Wright Edelman), and End-of-Year Celebration.
"Before today, I didn't know that many people cared about kids like us," says Loundyne, a student from Tacoma, after hearing Geoffrey Canada speak at our Changing the Odds lunch.
- Stuff. Show the world that you stand for children with a complementary bumper sticker and reusable grocery tote bag. T-shirts, buttons and more stickers are all available on request.
"We have to do a better job preparing students for the future," says Lindy from Spokane, a parent, grandparent and volunteer. "We don't need any more excuses."
- Power for Change. We host members-only conference calls with our Executive Director, Lobbyist, Policy Director, Communications Director or guest speakers where you can ask questions, learn about state policies, and talk about what's going on in your schools. When you sign up as a member, we'll also send along a handy guide to the 7 key milestones on the path to college and an electoral guide for parents with details on how school board works, how the state legislature works, why elections matter and what you can do as a parent to influence state and local education policies.
"What Stand has done for me personally is give me access not only to information, but to people," says Erin from Seattle, a parent of two and former public school teacher. "I knew nothing of the political process before joining Stand, and in just two short years, came to understand it well and realize that I really could affect change."
Sign up and make a small donation of $15, $30, $60, or whatever you can afford to become a member today.
"What I realized is that this is an organization that is making a difference for kids, so I can’t afford to not be involved," says Jody from Issaquah, a parent of three and PTA member. "Stand for Children is the organization that is making change and that legislators are listening to. If you want to be a part of making true change for education and for all our kids, then you want to be a part of Stand."