Video: Get to Know Our Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program

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 details:

  • 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!