– convening organizations across the Commonwealth to connect on innovative approaches to engaging parents and advancing pro-equity policies for families –
SOMERVILLE, MASS., October 17, 2018 — Parenting Journey today announced its first Social & Family Justice Institute on Monday, October 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Boston Foundation. The event will be a convening of cross-sector stakeholders and partners to advance an agenda that promotes community, uplifts parents, and cultivates leadership.
The Social & Family Justice Institute will focus on harnessing parents’ power to create social change. Parenting Journey will facilitate a conversation with other inspired thought-partners to discuss what’s at stake for families at this critical time in our country. Professionals from across the region from nonprofits, government, foundations, and businesses will stand in unity for change and confront systems in our society that disproportionately affect people of color, low-income families, and immigrants.
“Parenting Journey is committed to centering parents at the forefront of the fight for equity and justice and this is a positive step in that direction,” said Parenting Journey Executive Director Imari Paris Jeffries. “In this climate of increasing hostility towards immigrants and rising income inequality, it is more important than ever for the human services community, parents and other stakeholders to evaluate how we can have an even greater impact in tearing down systems of oppression and advance policies that enable all families to thrive.”
The Social & Family Justice Institute’s Keynote Speaker will be Adam Foss, former assistant district attorney and founder and executive director of Prosecutor Impact. Other speakers include Bithiah Carter, president of New England Blacks in Philanthropy; Damon Cox, assistant secretary of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Lori Nelson, chief resilience officer of City of Boston; Robert Franks, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Judge Baker Children’s Center; Marie St. Fleur, principal of St. Fleur Communications and Parenting Journey Social and Family Justice Fellow; Anthony Tassi, chief executive office of Literacy Partners; Latoya Gayle, co-founder of Phenomenal Moms; Danubia Camargos Silva, Ed.M., BPS parent leader and Gardner Pilot Academy Community school manager; and Suzanne C. Carothers, Ph.D., former NYU professor of early childhood education.
The Institute will begin with a registration and breakfast, followed by a keynote session, panel discussions, and presentations on innovative approaches to engaging parents and advancing pro-equity policies that enable all families to thrive.
Individual tickets are $35 per person. Discounts may be available for groups; for more information please visit www.parentingjourney.org/sfji or email Development Manager Karla Aguilar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.628.8815 x239.
ABOUT PARENTING JOURNEY
Parenting Journey’s work is inspired by the belief that strong families are the foundation of vibrant healthy communities and the catalyst to ignite social change. The organization is dedicated to providing programs that uplift parents and caregivers and strengthen families and communities, advocating for equitable family policies and disrupting the social narrative around parenting in poverty.
Parenting Journey envisions a world where all parents and caregivers have access to the resources they need to build resilient families and thrive, no matter their race or socioeconomic background.
For more information, visit www.parentingjourney.org/.