To us, reimagining American K–12 education is more than a just cause, it’s the most important work we can do as a democracy. Equipped with nonpartisan research and proven tools, 50CAN citizen-advocates drive the creation of stronger, more equitable schools in every state and community in our network.

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Explore the 2017 CANnual Report

2017 was a year of growth and progress for 50CAN. Explore how education advocates are helping students thrive in the new CANnual Report!

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The most important voices in Hawaii are the ones heading back to school

To make sure Hawaii’s students and teachers have a chance to lead, last year HawaiiKidsCAN launched WAVE – a program that empowers both students and teachers to learn advocacy tactics, craft policy proposals, and submit their recommendations to the legislature and Board of Education.

We’re excited to share the perspectives of four student leaders from this program with you – Pua Olena Torres, Dyson Chee, Camron Johnson-Lee and Phoenix Maimiti Valentine – on the eve of their new school year.  Pua, Dyson, Camron and Phoenix are pursuing their education in diverse ways – at a traditional public, at a charter high school and in homeschooling environments. All of them, however, are emblematic of the incredible individuals in the WAVE Youth Program who all have a desire to see a more just and equitable state, country and world.


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Stronger together

The 50CAN network grows every year to include more CANs, affiliates, fellowship communities, neighborhood initiatives and more. Here’s a peek at where we work.

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Daniel Walker

State Outreach Manager

National Team

Ned Stanley

Director of Media Relations and National Voices Director

National Team

Evy Valencia

Chief of Staff


David Miyashiro

Executive Director

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