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Lawyers’ Committee’s Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program Enhances Online Services

For Immediate Release September 30, 2015

Contacts:

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee)’s Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP) has recently launched an innovative digital platform supported by a three-year $250,000 grant from the PepsiCo Foundation. This platform will equip parents across the nation with the knowledge and confidence to become empowered advocates for their children.

Since 2010, PREP has been working to improve K-12 student performance, reduce the achievement gap, and provide access to equal educational opportunities for low-income and minority children in targeted communities by increasing parental engagement in education and ensuring that parents become successful advocates for their children. PREP site-based workshops have successfully trained parents in Minneapolis, San Diego, New York City and Arlington, VA, on their legal rights in their child’s education.

The PREP national online platform provides parents with resources to obtain critical information about their rights in regard to their children’s educations. Parents that once would have had to attend an in-person PREP workshop or remain uninformed about their children’s education rights can now access webinars and video tutorials via any personal computer or mobile device at PREPparents.org. Parents can also access guides on their state’s education laws, policies and procedures.

WHO: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, PREP

WHAT: Free Video tutorials and Webinars at PREPparents.org

WHEN:

  • State Parent Guides and “Parent Advocacy & Mobilization” Video Tutorial available now
  • September 28: “Navigating the School System” Video Tutorial available
  • September 30 9am PT/12pm ET and 6pm PT/9pm ET: “Parent Advocacy & Mobilization” Webinar
  • October 1: “An Overview of Special Education” Video Tutorial

WHERE: Online at www.PREPparents.org and youtube.com/PREPparents

Please click here for a short video with more information about the national platform.

About the Lawyers’ CommitteeThe Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2013 and continue our quest of “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and community development; employment; voting; education; environmental justice; and criminal justice.  For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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