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RISE Colorado Wins National American Civic Collaboration "Civvys" Award for Reinvigorating Democracy in Aurora
The award recognizes grassroots democracy-building efforts all over the country.
RISE Colorado was one of five 2019 winners, and the only winner in the Local Category.

AURORA, OCTOBER 30, 2019 — RISE Colorado was honored to win a 2019 American Civic Collaboration “Civvys” Award in the Local Category. RISE was nominated earlier this year for the prestigious award, which aims to highlight democracy-building efforts around the country.

The Civvys Review Committee said, of RISE, “With parents who are not likely to have a seat at the table to make decisions about the education of their families, RISE Colorado gives them an opportunity to work collectively to understand these disparities and create policies that will make a difference in their lives. [They elevate] the voices of parents to understand their power of voice in a system often not designed to allow low income families and their children to succeed.“

RISE Colorado Co-Founder & CEO Veronica Crespin-Palmer and RISE Colorado Director of Community Organizing Aydé Avila holding the 2019 Civvys Award.

The Civvys were first launched in 2017 by a number of leading organizations in the democracy-building movement, including Big Tent Nation, the Bridge Alliance, and the National Conference on Citizenship. The goal was to pay attention to the mainstream citizens taking civic organizing into their own hands — particularly during a time of rampant ideological divisions and entrenched partisanship. The Civvys “celebrate collaborative work that reaches across divides to build a better future and set an example for the rest of the nation.”

“We’re beyond honored and excited,” said RISE Colorado Co-Founder & CEO Veronica Crespin-Palmer. “For RISE to be recognized for civic engagement and the power of voice is really a testament to the passion and commitment of our Family Leaders to ending educational inequity. All of us on the RISE team are so proud of them.” 

“The power of families is and always has been real ­— and we’re glad to see momentum building behind it,” she added. “Families truly are the sleeping giant in education.”

RISE celebrated the honor at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on October 30, 2019, joining four other national winners who were also recognized at the event. The 2019 award cycle saw the highest number of nominees yet, making for a competitive selection process. Nominees were evaluated by an esteemed review committee, comprised of leaders in civic engagement, politics, research and community impact. 

About RISE Colorado

RISE Colorado is founded on the belief that families are crucial to school and student success. Through knowledge-building, organizing, and leadership development, families will end educational inequity. They are active leaders who have a voice and the tools to define, demand and lead systemic change to transform our public schools. RISE works to Educate, Engage and Empower low-income families and families of color to RISE as change agents for educational equity in our public school system.

Media Contact: Elisa Wiseman, RISE Communications Manager,
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