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Parent empowerment is critical to the success of education reform. Check out this new article on the topic in The 74 Million by New Profit's Alex Cortez and Yordanos Eyoel, who lead our Reimagine School Systems Fund.
"All communities care equally about the education and future of their children. But caring is not the same as power. Most families in underserved communities do not have the economic power to move to better school systems, nor do they realize they have political power to influence change in the local school systems failing them."
The article features field and parent stories from GO Public Schools West Contra Costa, Innovate Public Schools, Families Empowered, The Education Trust, Flamboyan Foundation DC, EdNavigator, KIPP Foundation, Rocketship Education, Students For Education Reform, Stand for Children Massachusetts, RISE Colorado, and FaithActs for Education.
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“Our nation is divided on a ton of issues, most issues, but the one thing that brings us together is this idea that kids deserve the right to learn, and to be what they want to be. I work so that one day I can make that dream a reality.”
Roquel Crutcher is a Politics, Policy and Law Scholar of American University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Law, Economics and Government as well as a certificate in Politics, Policy and Law. While at American University, she was a part of the AU NAACP Chapter, Varsity Dance Team and Black Student Alliance. She began her advocacy work as an intern for the Shelby County Circuit Court as a part of the Memphis Bar Association’s high school internship program, and went on to become a Congressional Intern for the U.S. House of Representatives in college. Lastly, Roquel served as the Founder and President of American University’s NAACP Chapter.
Currently, Roquel is the Government Affairs and Policy Associate for the KIPP Foundation where she also splits her time working with her local NAACP chapter. For the last ten months, Roquel has organized various outreach events for KIPP students, teachers and school leaders, provided research and analytical support for tracking legislation, and served as the project manager for the KIPP Federal Policy Fellowship Program which supports KIPP alumni to travel to DC for Capitol Hill internships.
Roquel’s passion for equal access to sound education began at a young age. Growing up in Memphis, Roquel quickly witnessed the implications of segregation. “From a really young age my passion for social justice issues showed- even when I had no idea where those feelings were coming from,” she explained. Although her entire family had attended the same school through high school, Roquel was enrolled at a KIPP school starting in 5th grade. “That was such a life changing experience for me,” she added.
Roquel continued to move from school to school, each of which contributed to her understanding of the education system. “I didn’t understand why changing schools and changing neighborhoods changed my ability to get a better education- and that frustrated me,” she said of her transitions. In leaving KIPP and attending a private school across town on a full scholarship, Roquel began to understand the disparities in education and income- which kick started her career in the social impact space.
While studying at American, Roquel was shaken to see that many of these disparities existed outside of Memphis- even in cities as diverse as Washington D.C. This theme continued throughout her time at American, and developed as she accepted her current job with KIPP. “It’s about equal access and adequate education for kids- and that’s what I want to do for my whole life,” she said of her time at KIPP, adding, “I get the privilege of crossing education with social justice, and I’m incredibly grateful for that,”.
As she prepares for the Gathering, she looks forward to meeting those with passions like her own, as well as those outside of her own network. “The one thing that keeps me going is knowing there are other people who care about this stuff,” she concluded.
Follow @RoquelCrutcher to keep up with Roquel at the Gathering! Watch Roquel's submission video here!
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Amazing work is being done in the New Profit community every day! Here are some recent highlights from our game changing organizations, partners, and friends.
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