Our Turn Action Network mobilizes young people to elect equity-focused representatives in their communities
“Our team of students is making history this summer in our district. A group of college students has never stood up for positive change in our schools before us.”
We support, train, and develop young civic leaders with the knowledge that they are the best levers for change in their communities. They demonstrate the demand for policy change, educate and encourage their communities to turn out for elections, and use their collective power to elect school board members who champion equity in education. Through these efforts, we are building power in communities that have historically been left behind.
Our Fellows build deep community relationships to increase voter turnout in low-income neighborhoods, and lead campaigns to elect candidates focused on educational equity.
“I do the work of political organizing because I know I am making a difference by talking with community members at their doors. I teach organizers how to share their stories in a way that gives their neighbors the space to take on a different perspective.”
Fully and Equitably Fund All Public Schools
Systematic racism has its toxic roots in all aspects of our government, nowhere is it more transparent than in the shameful underfunding of our Black, Brown, and Indigenous Schools.
Ground Our Schools in Anti-Racism and Facts
We are on the precipice of a new Dark-ages, where facts are misconstrued, erased and denied. Not until we know and understand our full history will we have a society of critical thinkers who will carry the Country beyond its current limitations.
Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline
We need to make schools an incubator for cognitive and socio-emotional development, not breeding grounds for prisons.
Every Child Deserves Economic Dignity
Economic dignity comes in the form of direct access to the middle class. The destructive cycle of poverty can be broken with a college degree or a union job. Schools must prepare every child, regardless of ESL status or disability, to thrive and complete college and/or trade school.
Support the Whole Child
Creating a more equitable world begins with recognizing that young people need to be cared for holistically. Young people will achieve their full potential when they are supported emotionally, physically and cognitively.