CHAPTER VIII: KEEP DOING
Being a volunteer means you already understand the importance of action.
Now that you have a greater understanding of the Education Equity Gap, we have provided several ways for you to continue to advocate and take action. Keep on doing what you do, because if we each do something - raise our voices, lend our time, share what we know, vote, advocate, continue to learn...we will be a part of the solution.
- Attend a Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education meeting to stay up-to-date with current policies and voice any concerns you may have.
- Learn about current federal and state legislation, laws, and regulations regarding education by visiting the California Department of Education.
- Want to contact your representatives about something else? You can find your state representatives here and other levels of government here and use this general template.
With COVID widening the academic gap, volunteers are needed now more than ever to help students get back on track. Take a look at some of L.A. Works’ opportunities below.
- Become a virtual tutor for 3rd – 6th grade students with Step Up Tutoring.
- Support student literacy by reading with a student once a week with Reading Partners.
- Work with children transitioning out of homelessness with LA Family Housing.
- Support students with their creative writing skills with 826LA.
- Serve at an afterschool program benefitting K – 12th grade students with Koreatown Youth & Community Center.
- Educate youth on Digital Literacy with Human I-T.
- Find an up-to-date list of education equity volunteer opportunities at L.A. Works.
- Become a STEM tutor with EnCorps.
Continue to be an advocate for students with these organizations’ Educational Equity programs:
- ACLU of Southern California
- The Advancement Project
- Equity Alliance for LA’s Kids
- GENup: Students for Education Equity
- Los Angeles Education Partnership
- Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
- Take a leadership role in the community by becoming an L.A. Works Project Leader
Hold your representative accountable on social media by finding their handles here and...
- Encourage them to address the education equity gap
- Ask what they’re doing to ensure that every Californian has equal access to a quality education
OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES
- Check out the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Service for information on educational rights, college prep, and other student resources.
- Support a local classroom in need through Donors Choose.
- Visit JVS Socal for career training tips, job seeker resources, and youth services.
Thank you for all that you do and continue to do for our Los Angeles community. Please continue to learn about this cause. Share what you learn with your friends and family, and take action to make change.