Across Illinois, COFI-Trained Parents in Local Communities Win Change!

From East St. Louis to the Southwest Side of Chicago, COFI- trained parent leaders from communities across the State of Illinois are winning change in their local schools and communities. Here are some highlights of the 2016-2017 year:

Parents United for Change in East St. Louis won school bussing, which will provide safe passage for 200 preschool children.

Parent leaders in Little Village collected 500 signatures in support of a new stop sign, met with the Alderman and are awaiting an engineering report about the feasibility of this parent proposal to address safe passage to and from school.

Parent leaders from Aurora’s Padres Lideres Activos won bussing for 2,000 children.

In Back of the Yards, parents hosted an information session on children’s mental health issues and the connection to violence prevention in the community.

Parents on the South and West sides hosted three Utility Bill Clinics (with the Citizens Utility Board) to help families save on their utility bills.

In Evanston, parent teams met with school board members around racial equity issues in the schools and community and gained support for a Children’s Savings Account pilot.

Bronzeville parents held a Financial Literacy Forum for their peers.

Congratulations to all of the teams of parent leaders who are coming together to create positive change. We are excited to see what’s to come in the year ahead for COFI parents.