LOS ANGELES (April 29, 2013) — Goldie Buchanan, project manager of the Parent Organization Network (PON), has been honored by CADRE with the organization’s 2013 Inspiration Award.
Based at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, PON works to build a sustainable movement of parent organizations that are connecting, empowering, and mobilizing parents to transform schools to provide a high quality, equitable education for all children. CADRE is a parent organization in South Los Angeles that works for systemic change by supporting grassroots South LA parents as leaders in stopping the pushout crisis in schools serving low-income neighborhoods of color.
“It is imperative that we work to close the tremendous ‘knowledge gap’ between parents and school staff,” Buchanan said. “Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of parents that desperately want to support their child’s learning at home and school. But many of them lack the basic knowledge and skills to begin advocating for access to what is needed for their child to achieve academic success. I’m honored to be acknowledged by a group dedicated to erasing this gap.”
Presented at the group’s annual dinner, the Inspiration Award recognizes outstanding individuals committed to CADRE’s goals and whose work models their beliefs, values, and principles. Buchanan’s work, spanning more than 20 years, as an advocate, educator, and mentor has been grounded in an unshakeable belief in the power of local communities.
Marvin Andrade, APALC’s director of leadership development, said, “One of Goldie’s lifelong commitments has been to train parents to serve as effective public education advocates. Her greatest legacy will be the hundreds of parents that have been inspired by her to be active participants in their children’s education.”
In addition to her work managing PON, Buchanan is a certified Community Organizer and a certified Parent Project Facilitator for the Parent Project, Inc. curriculum. She is the co-author of a parent education curriculum: Educational Equity and College Access: Two Necessities for Our Communities. She is a 2011 recipient of the Families in Schools “Excellence in Parent Engagement Award.”
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983, APALC advocates for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, APALC seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities while also building a strong Asian American and NHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.