Building a powerful movement of parent leaders striving for economic, racial, and social justice for all families since 1995

Rooted in the core belief that parents are among the real experts best equipped to solve issues affecting their children and families, El estilo COFI is a family focused parent leadership and organizing model that has helped thousands of parents around the country find their inner leader within. The parents then go on to change their communities for the better and enact policy and systems change on local, state, and federal levels.

The Model

El estilo COFI is a revolutionary approach to community organizing. It’s a model that emphasizes the connection between a parent’s own struggles and those of the greater community. It builds power and capacity for individuals to solve problems by starting with personal development, eventually growing to leverage those strengths and winning lasting change through collective and public action.

Here’s how the model works:

The Three Phases

El estilo COFI is taught over three comprehensive phases, developing leaders and helping parents build organizations that make a real difference in the community.

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  • With COFI, I immediately felt heard and supported and gained the skills that reinforced the strength of my voice and determination.

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    Delia Perez

    North Lawndale, Chicago
  • Puedes respetar a los padres' juzgar y creer lo que dicen. Están dispuestos a trabajar en las trincheras, no solo a presentarse para sesiones fotográficas.

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    Senadora Kimberly Lightford

    Líder de la Mayoría, Asamblea General de Illinois
  • Llevar a los padres a través del proceso que hace COFI ha demostrado un éxito que no he visto mucho en ningún otro lugar.

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    nancy shier

    Vicepresidente jubilado de Política de Illinois, Comience temprano
  • We should be at every table that is making a decision about us, our children, our families, and our communities.

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    Rosazlia Grillier

    Englewood, Chicago