In our work we see many people with a deep passion for children. Often people and faith communities are already doing services such as after school care, backpack drives and food pantries. These programs are important yet rarely address the underlying systemic issues that cause families and children to not have what they need. We come alongside communities to help them to do advocacy for public education that gets are the root causes of injustice. Advocacy is strategic and organized actions that have a goal of systemic, scalable change.
Sometimes systems are hard to understand. Think about a car. There are thousands of parts in it. Most of them we aren’t thinking about on the regular - especially when the car is working! But all of a sudden, something doesn’t work and we start learning all about the radiator, the fuel injector, the transmission, and deep in the summer...the AC compressor! Just like these intricate parts of cars, we often don’t think about systems until it’s July and we are sweating uncontrollably as we are trying to figure out how to get what we need for students as they get ready to return to school. If we want to get what we need out of systems, we need to understand how they work so that we can improve them.