Advocate for Change
Ready to move from advocating for your child to changing systems?
Empowered parents are uniquely motivated to create positive change and build a better community for their children and others. Connect with others to bring more power to your voice – remember, build trusting relationships!
You can start by reviewing some Presentation handouts:
How to Advocate for Your Child
Starting Support Groups
Often at meetings, parents are interested in sharing their personal stories, concerns and feelings with other parents, especially about their experiences in trying to get the best possible services for their child. Give other parents an avenue for their voice and to share concerns outside of a formal business meeting by establishing a Support Group. Parents attending these more informal support group meetings can share information, resources and provide direct support one-on-one. For a parent who feels uncomfortable at a public meeting, these small groups are the right fit. Invite people to start a support group with you!
Anyone can be an organizer. Check out some basic organizing principles.
Systems Advocacy: Parents are needed to advise local and state boards in the following fields: Health Care, School Systems, Local Community and State Government
- You have lots of options at the state level: State Boards and Commissions
- Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Advisory Councils
- Early Intervention – Parent Leadership Roles
- Local Disability Commissions
- How to Write a Letter of Interest to Join a Board
Running for Office: PTA/PTO, SEPAC or ELPAC Board, School Committee, Community Organization, Town Meeting Member, Board of Selectman, and more!