Empowered Advocates

Last year, you made it possible for us to host a series of successful community conversations that allowed state leaders to hear directly from constituents on issues related to education. The response was incredible. One parent, Wanda Simmons of Bridgeport, felt that, “parents like me are rarely encouraged to have a voice.” Through the community conversation we hosted in partnership with the Urban League of Southern Connecticut, Wanda said: “I saw myself as part of the fight for change. In that room, with a diverse group of individuals, I knew my voice counted. I knew that our voices together counted.” Read her full letter to the editor here.

With your support, in 2016, we entered a new phase of our community engagement efforts.

  • You made it possible for our team to go door-to-door and visit over 44,000 homes in Hamden, New Haven, and Norwalk to engage residents in communities impacted by inequities in education. 

Since then, our team has followed up with parents and community members to build relationships and connect them to the resources they need to strengthen their ability to lead in their students’ schools and their communities.

  • Thanks to you, we were able to host 12 Community Leadership Academy to provide training and empower 55 parents and community members with data and information they need to improve their advocacy.

You also made it possible for us to present to parents at the South Norwalk Library and, in Spanish, to parents at Building One Community (formerly Neighbors Link Stamford) to help them better understand our state’s academic standards, their child’s state achievement test results, and local school and district performance. With your support, we were also able to host a community screening and discussion of the documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, at Norwalk City Hall in partnership with Norwalk ACTS, Norwalk Public Schools, and the City of Norwalk and a Spanish screening at Church of God of Prophecy in New Haven with the help of clergy partner, Rev. Jose Champagne. We ended the year preparing to launch an exciting new advocacy platform in 2017 through which parents and community members will be able help ensure excellence and equity in public education in their communities.

To learn more about how you’ve helped empower advocates, click the links below.