“Before, I didn’t feel strongly about advocacy. Before, I couldn’t say more. But now I understand – to do something, we have to say something. Since joining POWER, I was able to contextualize this understanding of advocacy as it applies to US laws and the Asian Pacific American community.” - POWER parent
Through Parents Organized to Work for Equal Rights (POWER), CACF organizes and engages Asian Pacific American (APA) parents in a collective voice advocating for equity. POWER supports APA and immigrant parents by providing them with guidance, knowledge and resources to become strong community leaders, effective advocates, and increases parent engagement on three levels: at home, at school, and within the community. CACF partners with community centers and school sites over a course of 4 months to deliver 8 bi-weekly sessions to increase parent engagement and leadership.
POWER teaches parents how they can promote change that reflects their diverse needs and challenges by educating them on New York CIty’s political landscape and public school education system. This training gives parents the skills and knowledge to identify issues and make positive changes in their schools and in their community.
If you are a community center, a school, or a community-based organization interested in hosting a parent program, feel free to download our POWER informational packet POWER 2015 Fact sheet.