“I initially thought that the workshop was going to help me learn how to advocate for policy changes I wanted to see at my school. I was really surprised when we were coached through the organizing cycle.”
"People most directly impacted by educational inequity need to collectively work together to design and implement policy strategies and campaigns that can elevate the support of our most vulnerable communities."
"As much as I care about and am personally invested in ending educational inequity, I know that I can never care more than the parents and students themselves."
"The Community Organizing Fellowship gave me a theoretical and technical framework for understanding organizing, and prepared me for my current role."
It shouldn’t come down to just one teacher saving a child; we need all adults and systems working together to make sure that every kid gets what they need and deserve.
I fight for educational equity because I believe that black boys born in Alabama deserve a high quality education. They shouldn’t be hindered because they were born in the wrong zip code or because they have black skin.
When I truly reflected on those teachers, I realized that although I was helped, the majority of my classmates were left behind. This realization lit a fire in me to be a teacher like those I had, but to be that for all students.
My coach always kept my values and goals at the top of her mind — we both wanted me to find a role that was right for me and my leadership.
Chicago native Kerease Epps knew growing up that the system she was a part of as a Chicago Public Schools student wasn’t one that gave all students a fair chance.
What do you get when you combine organizers from across the country, a year’s worth of major public action wins and a vision for an equitable future?
LEE members in South Louisiana are working hard to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in the Bayou State.
An intensive six-month program that builds leadership skills through individualized coaching, consulting and exclusive trainings, the Venture Fund & Fellowship is helping LEE members like Yannell take their civic ventures to the next level — and giving them a chance at up to $100,000 in funding.
ONE Houston scored a big win when the school district was persuaded to change its discipline policies. One Day Magazine asks, 'what's next?'
Oakland Promise will engage nearly 200,000 children and families to help ensure that all students graduate high school with the expectations, skills, and resources to complete college and be successful in the career of their choice.
Returning to teach in his home town of Oak Cliff-Dallas, where the incarcerated far outnumber college graduates, Taylor Toynes quickly realized many of the students in South Oak Cliff lacked even the most basic school supplies. Undaunted, Taylor organized a community-wide response to meet the needs of over 1,000 students.
NOW is a weekend-long skill-building workshop offered regularly throughout the year for LEE members interested in using the power of organizing to change and advance policies, work with decision-makers, and put in place more systems that positively impact students.