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 engage individuals with common goals, 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 individuals are personally impacted by certain issues they show up, speak out, and vote; these activities combined have an impact on the decision-makers. Organizers educate community members to come together as an extraordinary force for change.
At Stand, we have four 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 a eight-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.