Philadelphia BAEO (Black Alliance for Educational Options) will kick off a new campaign on August 21 to empower parents/caregivers of Black boys about quality educational options to help them graduate from high school. The campaign is called “Parents, Power, and Purpose (P3) Advocacy Institute,” and will take place Saturday, August 21, from 9:a.m. to 3:p.m., at Imhotep Institute Charter High School, 6201 N. 21st Street.
“The goal of the campaign is to stop the crisis facing Black men and boys,” said Darlene Calland-Curry, president, Philadelphia BAEO. “More than 50 percent of all Black boys do not finish high school. Sixty percent of Black male high school dropouts are eventually incarcerated. If current trends persist, a Black male born in the U.S. today will have a 33 percent chance of going to prison during his lifetime. We must invest in strategies that will improve life outcomes for Black boys.”
Through advocacy and education at the P3 Advocacy Institute, parents/caregivers will be able to learn strategies to help their sons, including:
- What quality Educational Options, schools and afterschool programs are available
- Importance of a positive parent teacher relationship
- How to advocate for your son in the classroom, district and at a political level
- Your rights in the special education determination process
- How to support your son’s education in/out of school
Admission is free. A light meal and children’s activities (ages 4 to 12) will be provided for those who RSVP. Call Gail Jones at 215-851-1795 by August 18 to reserve your seat.
A program partner of the Urban Affairs Coalition, Philadelphia BAEO’s mission is increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working class Black families. Visit the website.
The P3 Advocacy Institute in Philadelphia is funded by a $15,000 grant from the Foundation to Promote Open Society. The P3 Advocacy Institute is part of the national Campaign for Black Achievement that builds on the Open Society’s mission to support individuals and organizations that nurture the development of a more democratic, just society, as well as the Open Society Institute’s expertise and past work to reduce incarceration, promote racial justice, and support youth engagement and leadership development. Visit the website.