Now Recruiting: Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program, Feb-May 2020

Do you have personal experience with ACS Foster Care or Preventive Services?

Do you want to become a voice for your community?

You know your community’s challenges better than anyone else.

Apply for Rise & Shine!

Rise & Shine Open House

To apply, please join us at the next Rise & Shine Open House:

Thursday, January 23, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 224 West 30th Street, Suite 804
New York, NY 10003

RSVP to Teresa Bachiller, Program Coordinator: (646) 543-7099 or

Download the Rise & Shine 2020 application.


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 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
  • Combating Toxic Stress: Strong Families, Resilient Communities
    Nora McCarthy, Rise

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