Community Engagement and Advocacy Team (CEAT)
We do this by supporting leadership skill development among families and adult residents, developing and implementing advocacy strategies that are informed by residents and, engaging residents and organizations in the translation of programmatic work into policy recommendations and creating opportunities for residents to become civically engaged.
Members of the Richmond community can embrace and use their collective power to create systems and social change that benefits Richmond children and families.
• Residents of Central Richmond will leverage collective power.
• Work of the BBK will be informed and directed by Central Richmond resident aspirations.
• Local schools become sites for significant positive social change that meet the aspirations of the Central Richmond community.
• Parents, young people and key stakeholders engage education system change.
• Adults and youth residents of Central Richmond lead community change.
Parent Partners: The Parent Partner models the skills necessary to maneuver within the systems care providers are most likely to encounter. Thus, serving as a system guide and advocate for the family and as a supportive peer for primary care providers. Parents/caregivers have skilled, well-trained mentors and coaches—from their own community—who diligently connect them to information and resources, train them to become community advocates, and help them resolve challenges as they arise.
Leadership Development: Provide training and strategic support for resident leadership and advocacy within Richmond. This asset-based approach is grounded in the fact that, in spite of myriad challenges residents in Central Richmond face, they remain largely untapped resources when it comes to addressing community issues, and it centers their leadership in developing and enacting solutions.
Empowered Parents Informed Educators: Building upon the success of our parent engagement work, whose aim is to connect directly residents with community resources, BBK enhanced our parent engagement and advocacy work through Empowered Parents, Informed Educators (EPIE). Thus far, EPIE has been a useful venue for connecting parents and primary caregivers to decision-makers within the education system. BBK Collaborative has scaled up this component of our advocacy work by hosting several convenings throughout the year where we provide tailored training for parents so that they are better equipped and supported in speaking directly to school board and district lead staff about changes they seek in their children’s schools.
• BBK has provided leadership and capacity training to over 200 Richmond residents.
• Parent leaders trained by BBK have affected policy changes related to staffing within the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), food distribution policies and parent engagement and access policies at the school site level.
• BBK’s Community Engagement and Advocacy work is overseen by the parent Organizing Committee, a core leader group of 13 mothers who advise and support BBK’s parent engagement and advocacy work. That group works closely with BBK to organize weekly parent meetings and monthly parent trainings, to design, disseminate and analyze parent surveys and organize parent training plans.
• As part of our African American Civic Engagement Project, for the 2016 election, BBK registered over 1,500 Central Richmond residents in 2 months.
California Calls, Parent Leadership Action Network, Public Advocates, United Teachers of Richmond
For more information about our CEAT work please contact us.