As part of our second weekend with our cohort of north city residents we engaged in developing and practicing some fundamental community organizing skills and principles! The Spring 2018 Education Power Building Academy is our six-month Academy. Power-builders work to develop fundamental leadership skills, build community, and organize to improve our city’s public education system.
On Friday we shared stories with one another about who we are and what drives us to organize for education justice. Saturday morning we practiced hosting 1:1 meetings. These meetings help us ground our relationships with our partners so we can build power together more effectively and genuinely. Before lunch, with the goal of door knocking 250 houses collectively, we headed out the door to talk with our neighbors about their top education justice concerns! We spent the rest of the day identifying the difference between issues and problems and practicing planning and hosting house meetings. To wrap it up we broke bread with one another one last time over dinner.
Left: Kristian leads discussion at the Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being.
Right: Gloria and Buena door-knock with their neighbors.