In 2019, Rise launched the Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program to build parents’ skills and power to advocate for child welfare reform and for justice and safety in their communities. Watch our video to learn more!
>> Learn more about Rise & Shine’s impact through our 2019 Program Report
Rise & Shine 2020 Graduation June 18 at 5pm EST – Join Us!
What is the Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program?
Parents impacted by ACS become powerful leaders to make change.
Through Rise & Shine, you can:
- Build a strong foundation to become an advocate and a leader in your community;
- Develop writing and public speaking skills;
- Shadow parent advocates and participate in 10 hours of interactive field learning;
- Reflect on experiences and build a peer-to-peer support network; and
- Engage with expert speakers on child welfare history and law, parent advocacy, domestic violence, trauma, toxic stress and self-care.
- Program runs 18 weeks and meets for 3 hours/3 times a week.
- Certificate and stipend are provided upon completion.
- Metro cards and light refreshments are provided throughout the program.
- Child care is not provided.
Rise & Shine 2020 Presenters and Topics
Rise is excited to announce our 2020 Rise & Shine speakers:
- History of Child Welfare
Michael Arsham, Director, ACS Office of Advocacy
- Moving from Trauma to Identifying and Using Centers of Power
Tricia Stephens, Assistant Professor, Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work
- ACS Investigation Process and Seal and Amend Process and Advocacy
Matt Diaz, The Bronx Defenders, and Washcarina Martinez Alonzo, Manhattan Legal Services
- Introduction to Coalition Building and Understanding Systemic Oppression as Connected to Child Welfare
Erin Miles Cloud, Movement for Family Power
- Introduction to Parent Advocacy
Sabra Jackson, Center for Family Representation, Hope Newton, Center for Family Representation, Bevanjae Kelley, Graham Windham
- Introduction to Community Organizing
Arif Ullah, Citizens Committee of NY
- Introduction to the Policy Making Process and Legislative Advocacy
Divya Sundaram, Community Voices Heard
Thank you to Stephanie McBee, video producer and director, for helping us tell our story!