We the Family

We the Family

Families have the power to transform communities. In coming together, families can challenge unjust systems and create solutions for overcoming education and economic barriers. The NCFL Family Service Learning program walks families through a six-step process to ensuring success and sustainability with change in their community. Hear from powerful families leading the way towards justice in education, health care, government, and more. If you want to support or participate in a Family Service Learning project in your community, email us at FSL@familieslearning.org.

Episodes

December 20, 2021 34 min
After a year of working together, exploring, sharing, and curating stories, the We the Family community came together to celebrate their accomplishments. Join us to celebrate with our creative partners, Journeyman Ink and spoken word poet Micah Wilson.
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Co-design is often a term that is shied away from by many organizations. Literacy Achieves, in Dallas, Texas, has mastered the art of inclusion by listening to the needs of their families and incorporating their ideas into the learning process. Birgit Scott shares the organizational perspective of Family Service Learning and why co-design is important to community success.
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We often perceive that parents stop being involved in their children's education once they hit middle or high school. Learn how these two incredible moms changed that narrative and created Padres Unidos to support high school parents and students. 
 
Padres Unidos became a gathering place for families to offer mutual support and ensure Latinx representation in Richardson ISD.
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Climate change can feel like a pretty overwhelming issue to tackle. Being environmentally conscious brings to mind Teslas, solar panels, and expensive items—for those who can afford them.  Learn how this mom is protecting the environment without all the expensive trends and starting right at home with her children.
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Organizing and advocacy in communities can lead to changes and bring forth solutions for disenfranchised community members. Marlene reflects on her own experience, finding her power and shares how it contributed to the health and economic stability of millions in Washington, DC.
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November 22, 2021 23 min
Nothing about us without us. In this episode, Nelly shares with us the importance of leading a local organization and how leadership skills create communities of solutions and leaders.
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All learning starts at home. In this episode, Patricia and Floriberta share their learning journey as students and as mothers; they explore how their leadership skills focused not only on personal growth but also on protecting and caring for their community.
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What is Family Service Learning? How does it fit in with educational achievement? How will Family Service Learning continue through new leadership? This episode expands on the creation of Family Service Learning by the founder of National Center for Families Learning and how the new president will continue this tradition of co-design and cohesive community solutions.
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A community should be inclusive of everyone in it—including those with and without “traditional” living spaces. Tawny and Alicia reflect on how the relationships built with the homeless community allowed them to reflect on the similarities and experiences each one of us have.
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November 3, 2021 17 min
Communities often come together after a tragedy. Families support each other during difficult times. In this episode, Susana shares how her experience of losing a loved one allowed her to organize her community––highlighting the power of family and drawing strength during hardships.
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November 1, 2021 18 min
Nutrition influences student learning. In this episode mother and leader, Alida, shares how she works to bring attention to the importance of healthy meals in schools in her local school district. Alida's goal is for school districts to invest in health professionals as well as provide balanced and nutritional menus for children at school.
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Underserved communities in Dallas were hit especially hard during COVID-19 and the 2021 winter storms. Learn how a group of moms rallied to support each other through loss of jobs, providing childcare support, help with funeral expenses, and nourishing families during the most vulnerable times.
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August 28, 2021 45 sec
Families have the power to break down barriers and change systems so that communities can thrive. Listen to We the Familyand hear from powerful families leading the way towards justice in education, health care, government, and more.
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