Community Organizing

Strategy/Theory

We start by tapping into the community’s desires, whether that is having more community engagement at our local schools or supporting neighborhood-wide projects. We then uplift and empower parents to help them think differently about what our community could look like and new systems that could lead to change.

 

Organizing Model

 

  1. Empuje

Chavez, Arbuckle, Russo and San Antonio Elementary and Lee Mathson parent and youth leaders participate in weekly leadership trainings and planning meetings to address school and district issues facing their students and families. Parents take the lead in identifying the issues and strategizing actions. Likely actions in the coming programmatic year include monitoring and organizing around the Local Control Funding Formula and Accountability Plan; demanding consistency, transparency and accountability in ARUSD; evaluating parent liaisons on our parent engagement model; evaluating programs funded by the Local Control Accountability Plan; and also participating in the Local Control Funding Formula coalition alongside People Acting in Community Together and Californians for Justice.

 

  1. Vecinos Activos

Community members (parents and youth) gather at house meetings and in schools in Mayfair to conduct root-cause analysis of our education system and neighborhood issues that impact the school success and advance Mayfair community platform. This past year, families came together to address affordable housing concerns via the Quetzal Gardens project.

 

  1. Growing Together

Parents and youth in the neighborhood determined the need for a space to do some root-cause analysis together and develop action plans and committees to move the community platform forward. Parents and youth will come together again this year to develop a one-week program that will establish a strong foundation to launch campaigns.

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