$50,000 / 2020 – 2021


Seattle, WA

Somali Parent Education Board (SPEB) believes children’s success depends on strong partnerships between parents, schools, and communities. To that end, SPEBworkswith Somali parents and students to embrace their dual culture while navigating the education system and train parent leaders to provide inform parents through workshops about education policy at the local, state, and federal levels. These parents also train and hold accountable school administrators to develop culturally responsive methods to communicate, partner with, and center parent voices. In 2019, SPEB pilotedSomali heritage-­‐based after-­‐school programs in the Highline School District and a free 10-­‐week after-­‐school program in the Renton School District. The pilot program, serving63 students, was used to prove feasibility to the school district, including success metrics and costs. After organizing parents demanding implementation of such a model district-­‐wide, the district applied for funding and created similar programs throughout schools in the Renton Innovation Zone. These programs now primarily serve the youth of color.