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Black Parents Alliance

About

On September 15, 2019 you voted to officially launch the Black Parents Alliance. The Black Parents Alliance group will work within the community to discuss relevant topics, gain information, and make decisions to improve the education of their children; advocate for policies that improve the intellectual, social, and emotional success of Black scholars and families; empower and give voice to the concerns and successes of Black families and scholars in Tacoma; and mobilize allies within the community to highlight the need for more robust systems of support for Black scholars. 


OUTCOMES WE WANT


  • Ensure all youth have a caring adult in their life
  • Ensure all youth are stably housed
  • Ensure all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready
  • Ensure all children read at grade level by the 3rd grade
  • Ensure all youth are engaged in extracurricular activities that amplifies pro-social/protective factors
  • Ensure all youth graduate from high school
  • Ensure all youth complete post-secondary education or training
  • Ensure all youth successfully enter the workforce
  • Ensure all youth avoid the criminal justice system
  • Ensure all youth out of school are employed
  • Ensure all youth remain safe from violent crime
  • ·Engage Black children in culturally competent educational curriculum that successfully addresses socially, emotional, and cognitive learning and positive race identify development


MEETINGS


  1. The Planning Committee will hold a conference call (30 min) the secondSunday of each month from 3:30pm to 4:00pm - https://zoom.us/j/926483364
  2. The BPA General Meeting will be the third Sunday of each month 3:30pm to 5:00pm @ Peace Community Center (we will adjust location if needed)


COMMUNICATIONS



CONFIRMED ORGANIZATIONS PARTNERS


  • Tacoma Urban League
  • Peace Community Center
  • Tacoma Public Schools
  • City of Tacoma - Office of Equity and Human Rights

Meetings

The BPA General Meeting will be the third Sunday of each month 3:30pm to 5:00pm @ Peace Community Center 

Episode 1: Supporting Your Child in Tough Subjects

As a parent, it's been years since we've had to take the core academic subjects in a classroom setting. Helping your child can be tough, but it's not impossible.

Episode 2: Setting Expectations

One of the biggest hurdles to understanding how to help your child, is knowing what is expected of them in the classroom. Listen to how this mother navigated setting expectations at home that matched what was required in school.

Episode 3: Addressing Change

As our kids get older, their needs change inside and outside of the classroom. They start to struggle with the same things we did when we were their age. Trying to fit in, make friends, discover ourselves. Listen to this mom talk about ways she connected with her child during that formative stage of life. 

Episode 4: Navigating Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences aren't only there for when you have concerns about how your child is doing. They are also a chance to establish a relationship with your child's teacher and ensure that they understand what they need and how to support you. See how this mom learned to get the most of out them. 

Episode 5: College Bound

Getting prepared for college involves a lot of work, and the good news is you don't have to do it alone. See how this mom prepared her child for college by building the right relationships at school and finding ways to help at home.