OSA Parents of Color (POC) Committee Update
Mon, Sep 23 10:08pm
Greetings Amazing POC family!

It's hard to believe we have already been in school for a month! It was great to see some of you at Back to School Night this year. 
It was beyond words to see so many of you show up at our Parents of Color/Board of Students of Color End of Summer Gathering at San Antonio Park last month. The food was amazing! The set up was welcoming....and the student performances made the day so magical. It truly felt like an event that showcased how possible it is to have a world that works for everyone! Thank you to the many hands that made this event possible.
As you know we are currently in our charter renewal year. This is requiring a heavy lift by our entire community- students, staff and families and it invokes the adage that we make wise decisions and choices thinking not only of ourselves but how our decisions will affect our community 7 generations down the line. With that said- we want to make sure our voices are at the table at the APT discussions as there is quite a difference between equality and equity. 
We are postponing our September 24th meeting so we can bring our voices to upcoming APT meetings in a focused and proactive manner to help ensure  our OSA community gets the charter renewal that will serve all of our youth.
Also - there are still openings in our Step It Up Program. We have a few more weeks to register current 4th and 5th grade students from Title 1 schools to participate in this powerful program designed to bring more balance into our student population. There is info regarding the program on the OSA website as well as registration info! Please share this info with any young people/community organizations, etc...
Stay tuned for further announcements. (and yes we plan to continue to support the Board of Students of Color with their powerful initiatives!) 
Thank you for continuing to show up as an agent of change- the world is better because of the actions you take!
Ciena's mama - visual arts 8th grade