Parent Leadership Program Puts Students First in Low Income Neighborhoods and Communities of Color Launch of new Sacramento PASS program brings together community resources, advocacy and support for local student success


Sacramento Parents Advocating for Student Success (PASS) publicly launches
its two-year Leadership Training Institute to support the healthy social and emotional
development of local students and their families. The institute will support a cohort of 20
parents to lead local school site engagement, build partnerships with other parents and
advocate for the needs of their students. Veteran parent advocates, serving as allies to
the institute’s parents, will share their experiences, intentions and hopes for their
children’s futures at the launch press conference.
Sacramento PASS is a parent-led school and community initiative that connects,
supports and empowers parent advocates who have children in Sacramento City
Unified School District (SCUSD) Title 1 schools to ensure student achievement, mental
health and well-being, and education equity throughout the district.
Sacramento PASS is managed by Roberts Family Development Center and
Sacramento Area Congregations Together and funded by Sierra Health Foundation and
The Center at Sierra Health Foundation through a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg
Initiative. Community partners include Black Parallel School Board, EBAYC, Youth
Forward, Sacramento Building Healthy Communities, TEAL Group, Innovation Bridge,
Greater Sacramento Urban League and United and Guided.


Parents and loved ones are the strongest advocates for a child, but students in
Title 1 SCUSD schools have not benefitted from the same level of advocacy as students
in more affluent schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated previously existing
disparities, creating dire needs for students in Sacramento and beyond. Many parents,
especially those from historically marginalized communities, encounter barriers to
engagement in their child’s education, such as ability to take time off work, resources for
childcare and language differences. Traditional groups and models for parent
participation have not meaningfully engaged and included these parents. Sacramento
PASS will begin to address those barriers by activating, supporting and training a cohort
of parent leaders on Title 1 school campuses. Sacramento PASS builds in intentional
resources (in-language support, outreach and training) and financial support to include
parents and families who have been excluded from or not able to participate in other

WHEN: October 13, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Leataata Floyd Elementary School
401 McClatchy Way, Sacramento 95818
• Chet P. Hewitt, Sierra Health Foundation and The Center
• Derrell Roberts, Roberts Family Development Center
• Gabby Trejo, Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT)
• Elvia Vasquez, Veteran Parent Ally and Sacramento ACT
• Sacramento Youth and Parent Representatives

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