What is the CUAP Parent & Student Advocacy Project?
The central part of the CUAP Parent and Student Advocacy Project is a community-based committee of parents and concerned community members who, receiving training and support from CUAP staff, assist other members of the community via direct advocacy. The group will meet and work in monthly workshops open to the community. These workshops will serve as the primary point of contact for members of the community seeking advocacy assistance. They will also function as an educational forum for both the committee and the community.
What do members of the committee do?
Participants in the Parent & Student Advocacy Project attend monthly advocacy workshops. Parents who have problems with their children’s education will come to these workshops seeking help. Drawing on their own experience and knowledge, as well as the support of each other and CUAP staff, the members of the committee will provide advice and assistance to these parents whenever possible.
What sort of commitment is required?
The committee will meet once a month for advocacy workshops. There may also be periodic extra meetings for special trainings. Participation in the project is free. There is no financial cost involved. Members of the committee who wish to do so may schedule follow-up meetings as necessary with parents who need assistance or accompany such parents on meetings with school administration or IEP teams, but doing so is not required. Regular attendance at advocacy workshops is important to participants in the project.
How do I get involved?
Contact CUAP and let us know that you are interested.