Community-based coalitions can be a powerful force for social change. This article describes how a group of organizations and individuals combined their knowledge and strengths to succeed in crafting an educational policy that was signed into state law. The Young Parent Working Group is a multidisciplinary coalition that advocates for the educational attainment of expecting and parenting students. This case-study highlights the progression of the initial policy development, the evolution of the group, successful interpersonal processes, legislation, messaging, lobbying for bi-partisan support, and finally the transition to policy implementation and next steps.
Jackson, Stephanie; Cadena, Micaela; Kuti, Marylouise; Duhamel, Paige; and Tollestrup, Kristine
"Creating a Statewide Absence Policy for Expecting and Parenting Students: A Case Study of Community-Based Policy Work,"
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship: Vol. 10:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/jces/vol10/iss1/5