At 50CAN, we’re committed to building the next generation of education advocates and leaders. We are using the expertise of our network to train individuals with a real passion to improve our country’s education system. In 2020, our goal is to add over 1,500 education advocacy leaders across our twelve programs.

Below, you’ll find the full list of our leadership programs and their goals. We look forward to sharing updates with you on their progress—and the impressive advocates taking part—throughout the year.

ConnCAN | Advocacy Training Series

ConnCAN will recruit 250 parents, students and community leaders to engage in a series of ten trainings focused on advocacy, organizing, and effecting change. At the end of the year 100 of these advocates will participate in at least one advocacy action. 

DelawareCAN | MOVE Advocacy Bootcamp

The MOVE Advocacy Bootcamp will recruit and train 30 new participants in 2020, focused on building a broad set of skills that include advocacy, communications and education policy. Participants will craft their own advocacy campaigns, taking at least five actions over the course of the year.

DelawareCAN | Juntos Delaware Fellowship

Juntos, an advocate training program focused on those serving Latinx youth, will recruit and train at least 20 new participants. Each participant will complete at least five advocacy actions over the course of the year.

DelawareCAN | Youth Advocacy Council

DelawareCAN’s Youth Advocacy Council, entering its third year, will train 50 students through intensive training programs followed by monthly working groups. Together, the cohort will produce a report on their policy priorities and secure at least one policy win.

GeorgiaCAN | Parent Organizing

GeorgiaCAN will recruit an additional 1,000 parent participants into their parent organizing work, including two-parent organizing fellows who will play a leadership role in organizing the parents and who will lead the regular meetings. Throughout the year, these parents will take over 400 advocacy actions.

HawaiiKidsCAN | WAVE

The WAVE leadership program in Hawaii will recruit and train an additional 20 students and ten teachers in 2020, with four islands in Hawaii represented. These participants will be trained in three separate cohorts with a multi-week training program, and will take at least 50 advocacy actions ranging from meetings with lawmakers to presenting at conferences.

JerseyCAN | Teacher Advocacy Program

The JerseyCAN team will recruit ten teachers for the initial pilot year of their teacher advocacy program, offering three training seminars in 2020. Teachers will learn about the political process, learn how education policy is made in New Jersey, and be connected to key influencers and decision makers during the program.

PS 305 – Miami, FL | Parent Power Accelerator

PS 305’s Parent Power Accelerator program will recruit and train 10 new parent leaders in 2020 who will, in turn, engage over 100 new parents for PS 305’s social-emotional learning campaign. These parent leaders will partner with three or more organizations in a coalition for excellent Miami schools with a goal of obtaining a policy win.

Charleston, SC | RISE

RISE, one of our longest running leadership programs, will recruit 30 new fellows in 2020. Fellows will be trained through a 12 week program, will host a community event, and will recruit three or more high-quality charter networks to come to Charleston.

TEN – Denver, CO | Parents Lead Fellowship

The Parents Lead Fellowship in Denver will recruit 300 new parents and 10 school site ambassadors across TEN’s focus school districts. Site ambassadors will train parents in organizing and advocacy to improve access to a high-quality education, and these parents will take 50 advocacy actions over the course of 2020.

TennesseeCAN | Change Agents

TennesseeCAN’s youth advocacy program, Change Agents, will recruit 15 new student participants this year, at least half of whom will be from low-income backgrounds, for a four-week advocacy training course. The course culminates in a trip for students to Nashville, where they’ll meet and discuss education with state legislators. 

National | National Voices Fellowship

50CAN’s National Voices Fellowship, which takes emerging local leaders and works to elevate their voice to the national audience, will bring in at least eight new fellows this year for training on education history, advocacy, politics, and communication. Throughout the year, each fellow will obtain at least five major communication hits, including conference keynotes and panels, newspaper columns, and on-camera appearances. 

Interested in getting involved yourself?  

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Vallay Varro was a founding state executive director. She now serves as the president of 50CAN.


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