Nashville Rise Parent Advocacy Leaders

Parent Advocacy Leaders

This June six parents and two grandparents of Nashville Rise took the next step in becoming stronger advocates for our children and schools by starting their journey to becoming Parent Advocacy Leaders or PALs.

Soon-to-be Nashville Rise PALs Victoria Gordon, Quanita Adams, Lynn Ewing, LaQuita Shute, Quasia Walker, Teade Tagaloa, Luma Abdul and Kelley Eguakun are in the middle of their training series, which consists of one 4-hour session and four 2-hour sessions to build skills, to gain advocacy tools, and to learn the fundamentals of organizing and mobilizing others around high-quality education for all students.

At the end of each training session, the real work begins. Parents are charged with specific next steps. They take what they have learned and put it in action before the next training. In a few short weeks, Nashville Rise’s first PALs cohort will complete its training and celebrate it at a graduation ceremony. Then what?

After Nashville Rise PALs graduate from the training program, parents will take a series of planned actions. As a part of their training days, there is time dedicated to discussing and planning what they would like to take on as a team of advocates and on the individual level.

We are so proud of the work of our first Nashville Rise PALs cohort, and we are proud to work alongside you to ensure all Nashville children receive a high-quality education.

During the upcoming weeks we’ll feature each PAL on our blog. Learn more about who they are and why they are dedicated to this work.

Do you want to be a Nashville Rise PAL? Our second cohort of PALs is kicking off its training series on Saturday, July 29 at 9:00 am. If you are interested in becoming a PAL, contact Allison Simpson, Lead Community Organizer, at (615) 784-9573 or via email at

All training sessions include meals and childcare. Transportation and interpretation are available upon request.