(October 11, 2011) Community engagement does not mean starting from scratch. Advocates in communities long have come together to tackle specific needs, like health, housing and development. José Medrano, of the START Center in South Texas, describes how, in the Texas Rio Grande Valley several such groups are working together to focus attention on education, particularly local dropout rates. The
Center (South Texas Adult Resource and Training Center) is a member of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, which is composed of 10 community-based organizations funded by the Marguerite Casey Foundation. They are committed to creating a movement of social change through the civic engagement of the more than 25,000 people. José, who also chairs the education committee of the RGV Equal Voice Network, is interviewed by Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate. Send comments to
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* José offers an overview of the education committee of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network that he chairs. He talks about the committee's mission to educate and train parents and to empower them as leaders who advocate for change.
* José explains the challenge of understanding the true dropout rates of schools in the region, especially amid concerns that districts are "playing with the numbers."
* José talks about working with promotora (outreach) groups to disseminate accurate information to families in the nearby colonias.
* José explains the power of coalitions and outlines how the
Center has benefitted from collaborating with other education agencies.
* José compares the promotora model of outreach and parental involvement with the approach that school districts typically take.
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