ABC: Assessed by Black Communities is a community-driven educational equity and reform initiative designed to organize Black students and parents in the Berkeley Unified School District to assess and grade individual schools in the Berkeley Unified School District, based on the standards and priorities of Black youth and families.
ABC Findings will be compiled into report cards, will be made publicly viewable online, and will be used to drive and measure the changes that Black families wish to see in the BUSD. Click here to read a full description of the project.
The Family Spirit Center (FSC), the Center for Food, Faith and Justice (CFFJ), the Berkeley Black Ecumenical Minister’s Alliance (BBEMA), and the Othering & Belonging Institute are partnering to lead this initiative, which is designed to connect, empower and mobilize the African American community in and around the BUSD on behalf of Black BUSD students.
As ABC project leaders, we are seeking support from Berkeley congregations and community members who wish to stand in solidarity with Black students and families of the BUSD in their fight for a culturally relevant, fair and inclusive education for Black youth.
Can you and/or your congregation help us raise $15,000 by March 2022 so that we launch an ABC pilot project at Berkeley’s two high schools in Spring 2022? Your donations enable us to 1) hire and train parent/guardian and youth organizers who will conduct outreach into the African American communities at the two Berkeley High Schools, and 2) provide stipends to Black students and parent/guardians who participate in the school assessment project. We aim to have a first ABC School Report Card by mid-Summer 2022. Donors will be among the first to hear of this project’s news and updates.
Your donations also send a strong message to Black BUSD students. Join with us in telling our Black youth: your voice matters, your life matters, we support you and we are listening!