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Programs

Community Conversations

Community Forums: Nothing for you – without you. We are committed to listening and lifting parent voice as we advance effective public policy for children. That’s why we always have opportunities for parents to weigh in on critical decisions affecting kids.

Educational Workshops: The experience and knowledge of parents creates the change our children need. We offer education around all things: Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education, Health, Foster Care, and Juvenile Justice.

Current Event Series: We remain vigilant to the day-to-day happenings that impact kids, keep our community informed, and act through events-based programming!

Information Sessions: We are committed to making complicated policy talk simple and interesting. We come together in community and share what we know. Our ask? Share what you know with us and your community – widely!


Parent & Kinship Action Lab

The Parent & Kinship Action Lab trains all those raising children to effectively advocate for change in local and state systems, policies, and practices to promote thriving families and communities. Join us to learn (1) The Makings of Effective Advocacy, (2) How to Organize for Change, and (3) How to Build Support to Win.

Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Part I: The Makings of Effective Advocacy
Advocacy 101
Problem Identification & Agenda Planning
Powermapping
Storytelling

Part II: Organizing for Change
Building a Base: Collective Empowerment for Collective Action
Building a Campaign: Meetings to Movements
Clarifying Campaign Goals
Strategy & Tactics

Part III: Building Support to Win
Leveraging the Press
Influencing Legislators
Social Environments and its Influence on Public Policy
Pitch Perfect

Benefits:
Stipend
Certificate of completion for Parent & Kinship Action Lab
Participate in the Parent & Kinship Action Lab graduation ceremony
Eligible to be a part of Inaugural Community Advisory Council at Children First

Time Commitment: 20 hours

Apply: The Fall application will be open from Tuesday, August 9th to Tuesday, September 6th. The program begins on Thursday, October 6th.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to pec@childrenfirstpa.org.


Empowerment Fellowship

The Empowerment & Justice Fellowship educates, energizes, and empowers parents to be advocates and organizers on behalf of issues impacting children and the communities in which they live! The fellowship is anchored in the advance topics of advocacy, social impact, and movement building.

Curriculum Scope and Sequence
Communications 101
Budget & Finance
Fundraising for Social Good
Advocating for Change
Creating Movement Infrastructure Locally
21st Century Challenges of Organizing
Leading for Change

Time Commitment: 50 hours over 7 Months
Orientation: 2 hours
Synchronous Instruction: 21 hours
Asynchronous Assignments: 10 hours
Community Project: 10 hours
Capital Caravan Day: 7 hours

Time Commitment: 50 hours over 7 Months

Orientation: 2 hours
Synchronous Instruction: 21 hours
Asynchronous Assignments: 10 hours
Community Project: 10 hours
Capital Caravan Day: 7 hours

Additional information will be available in Winter 2023