What is the Community PTA?
The community PTA model is a growing trend designed to address larger issues such as poverty, crime and inequality in the educational system that are far too often seen in marginalized communities and have a profoundly negative impact on students' educational outcomes.
Through community based PTA we have the opportunity to develop a valuable resource that provides a collective voice to advocate for OUR children, support the efforts of parents and teachers while strengthening the educational process for all students locally, regionally and even nationally.
As parents we must honestly acknowledge OUR role in the conditions we face and to take ownership in restoring OUR homes, communities, and schools to the safe havens needed for OUR children to thrive.
We advocate and organize for changes that improve literacy and standardized test scores, decrease drop-out rates and facilitate an increased representation of minority students attending college.
Membership is open to anyone who believes in the mission and purposes of the Black Star Community PTA. Individual members may belong to any number of PTAs and pay dues in each. Every person who joins a local PTA automatically becomes a member of both the state and national PTAs.
Why is it important for parents to organize? What do you mean by "organizing"?
If parents are not organized, our children will not be recognized. If we do not speak up, Black children will have no voice. Black parents must advocate as well as educate. We must take responsibility for the education of our children. We will work in our homes, with our families, with our communities, with our schools and with our government to guarantee the proper and successful education of Black children.
Black parents are responsible for the well-being of Black children. Not teachers. Not schools. Not preachers. Not the police. Not elected officials. Not social service agencies. Black parents must hold the police, teachers, schools, preachers, elected officials, and social service agencies accountable for their actions to support the well-being of Black children. We will only solve the problems of Black youth to the degree that we create strong, empowered and engaged parents for Black children. Our actions, or inaction, will determine the future of our race.
Passive parental involvement is not enough. Black parents must become active co-managers of our children's destiny. We must become the engineers of their success. We must and will actively participate in every aspect of their lives.
How do I get involved?
You can become a member of the BSCPTA by sending your membership dues of only $10.00 to:
Black Star Community PTA
3509 South King Drive, Suite 2B
Chicago, Illinois 60653
or call 773.285.9600 for more information. Please include your name, address, email and phone number with each membership. For more information about the National PTA, visit www.pta.org.
Meetings are at 9:30 am on the 4th Saturday of each month at our office. Join us at our next meeting!