I have the opportunity to be heard because I am standing with a national network of parents who are fighting, just as I am, for the well-being of our children. – Zully Rodriguez
In 2015, parents and staff from seven organizations met for three days in Alexandria, Virginia. All of the parent leaders and organizations had deep roots in parent engagement, leadership, and/or organizing. Parent leaders from around the country got to know one another and in lively discussions, got the ball rolling to unite on behalf of children and families nationwide.
With a vision, a bigger view of their own leadership, and understanding their potential power, parents invited more leaders and organizations into the mix. Parents shared stories and experiences, and zeroed in on how public policies affect families.
Over time, parents came to a shared agenda and prioritized issues. The deep relationships that they’ve built with one another, and their dedication to finding high-impact common ground built the foundation for a powerful organization. UPLAN!
Pictured: Zully Rodriguez speaking with Maricela Rodriguez and others at UPLAN’s first national meeting.