Families for Excellent schools is launching a Fellowship program to train parent activists in the skills and strategies needed to be effective education advocates.  

  • The Fellowship is a nine-month training institute, with a focus on:
    • 20 hours of intense classroom training, covering core topics such as:
      • Role of grassroots organizing in social justice fights
      • Recruiting others and building a chapter
      • Media and advocacy tactics
    • 90 hours of field training, such as:
      • Attending monthly campaign actions
      • Organizing and participating in meetings with elected officials
      • Engagement with the media
    • At the end of the program, Fellows will complete a job fair and career coaching.

Who should apply?

  • District parents and recent alumni representing NYC Public Schools
  • Parents who believe in public school choice
  • Parents who see themselves as activists and are passionate about politics, social change and education reform
  • Parents with ties to the community and a big network from which to draw

Month-In the-Life

  • Fellows work 10-12 hours/month and get paid a stipend to support their participation in the Fellowship.
  • 2 hour classroom training the last Thursday of every month
  • :30 check-in with their Fellows Coach every other week
  • Attend 1 monthly campaign action, such as an elected visit or press conference, including a debrief of the action 

The Genevieve Hunter Fellowship:

Genevieve Hunter was one of the earliest FES parent leaders, attending our second-ever parent training. As a mother of six, she had children in district schools and charter schools, and was constantly looking for the best option for her children depending on what they needed. She was born and raised in Brownsville, NY, and was a passionate advocate for the neighborhood all her life, constantly and aware and worried about the safety and growth in her community.

From the beginning, Genevieve wanted more for her kids, her neighbors, and for Brownsville, and she believed deeply that education was the key. From her time on a school-based advocacy committee, to attendance at multiple hearings and rallies, she would often say, “I don’t know where I’d be if I had been given a school like my son.” She was alternately stern and soft when she had to be, an all around beloved figure. About a year and half into this work, Genevieve passed away. Though this tragedy was a huge loss to her family, FES, and the entire Brownsville community, we hope to honor her memory with this fellowship, and with it enable the next generation of parents to become inspirational leaders.

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