Cesar Chavez and his lifetime of work inspires our work at RISE Colorado and has been a guiding influence since our founding day. His commitment to engaging those most impacted to lead the movements for change has greatly influenced our theory of action. We know that those most impacted by educational inequity MUST lead the movement if we are ever going to truly achieve educational equity. We have studied the strategies and philosophies that led the Farm Workers Movement to ultimate success and we look back on their work for inspiration and guidance. Thank you, Cesar, for always believing in the power of the people!
“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore."
Address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Nov. 9, 1984
Families Lead at JCDC Family Learning Night
Jamaica Child Development Center held their final Family Learning Night (FLN) for the 2016-2017 school year. At this event, families were able to choose from a variety of math and literacy workshops designed by teachers and families regarding how to support learning at home. We are excited to announce that during this FLN three parents designed and facilitated their own workshops along with teachers! Teachers and families modeled activities and then families had the opportunity to practice with their children in the moment. Authentic family engagement happens when families, teachers, school leaders, and students are able to work together to meet the academic needs of students. Thank you to parent and grandparent leaders Kareem, Valerie, and Anahi. We are inspired by and grateful for your incredible leadership. Excited to see more families lead workshops next year!
Midwest Academy Training
The RISE team joined members of the African Leadership Group (ALG) and Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism (YAASPA) at a a three-day organizing training with Midwest Academy. We learned best practices for planning and executing campaigns for change using a community organizing model. This was an amazing time to get to know the members of all organizations while gaining important tools to support our organizing work. A huge thank you to the Rose Community Foundation for supporting this important training!
Gathering Of Leaders
CEO, Veronica Palmer, enjoyed meeting with and learning from national leaders and organizations at the New Profit Gathering of Leaders convening in Georgia. She had the opportunity to speak on a panel regarding systems entrepreneurship and shared about RISE's work with families and what our current struggles and opportunities are during the Collective Power session.