Educational disparities are deeply rooted in opportunity gaps that inhibit students’ achievement. In addition, many students from Latine and other communities of color are living an “opportunity myth” - though they hear the promise that success in school is the first step to success in life, their educational experience is failing to prepare them to succeed. An essential part of our model is to engage Latine families in advocating for systemic changes that will eliminate the opportunity gaps and opportunity myths that prevent Latine students from reaching their full potential.
Our Family Engagement Program helps Spanish-speaking parents/caregivers develop skills, agency, and experience advocating for their child/ren’s education. The program includes three key components:
Culturally-responsive parent agency training for K-12 educational advocacy: Our Family Educator provides groups of Spanish-speaking Latine parents/caregivers with information and resources about schools and school systems, specifically focusing on the ways in which the U.S. educational system may differ from families’ countries of origin. As parents learn this information, our curriculum helps them build skills and confidence to advocate for their child(ren).
One-on-one advocacy assistance: Our Family Educator provides parents/caregivers with the support and encouragement they need to begin to discover and share their voice in situations that are meaningful and relevant to them and their child.
Legislative advocacy: Collective “Calls to Action” coordinated by our Family Educator elevate the advocacy experience of parents/caregivers to a level beyond that of any individual student – illustrating how the skills/strategies used to advocate for one student can be used to advocate for higher level systems change that impacts thousands of students.
Through these three components, our program is engaging Latine parents and caregivers in advocating for strong and stable schools that offer equitable educational opportunities for all.