The children are our future, and that's no exaggeration. Investment in the youth of today brings great returns for years to come, and no one understands that more than Downtown LA member company Parent Revolution. We sat down with Executive Director Seth Litt to learn about how his team is creating educational change in historically underserved communities, and how parents can help.
Q. What is the problem you're solving?
A. Parent Revolution’s mission is to ensure that families, especially those from historically underserved communities, can use their power to secure an excellent public education for their children, children in their community, and all children in California.
California’s education system is plagued by deep gaps in the opportunities that it provides to students of color, students growing up in poverty, student with disabilities, and students who are learning English. We believe that all students can succeed when supported by a great school and great teachers. Unfortunately in Los Angeles, only 40% of students are proficient in reading and only 30% are proficient in math. Parents have a vital role to play, not just in improving their own children’s educational outcomes but in reshaping the system so that it works for all kids.
Q. What brought your organization to Los Angeles?
A. Parent Revolution launched in 2009 in response to the frustrations of families across Los Angeles with the inadequate educational opportunities available to their children.
Q. How has being a part of the Cross Campus community helped you or your organization grow?
A. Most of our work happens in the community with families, in their homes or at other locations that are convenient for them. However, there are times where we need to our staff to be together or we need to host a big group. Cross Campus gives us the flexibility we need.
Q. What has been your most satisfying moment?
A. Any time we see a parent or a group of parents use their power to improve the opportunities available to children in their community.
Q. Talk about a time you or your team failed at a goal you needed to achieve.
A. Sometimes even when parents have the truth on their side, both facts and experience, it can be hard to convince elected officials of the urgency for big change.
Q. What are some characteristics of people who have been successful at your organization?
A. Parent Revolution believes in the potential of all students and believes in the capacity of all parents to be leaders in their community. Successful people at our organization put those values into action through hard work and persistence.
Q. If your team belonged to a house from Game of Thrones, which one would it be?
A. We’d be Stargaryens, a combination of the Starks and Targaryens. Fire and ice!
Q. Who do you respect the most, and why?
A. At this moment in American history, we respect and are inspired by all people who have the strength and the courage to work toward a better future, especially those from communities that are underserved and under attack.
Q. Where do you see yourself and your organization in 10 years?
A. We hope to see a public education system that serves all children and where parents have the opportunity to be leaders in creating great opportunities for all students.
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