BYLP ADVOCAcy

In 2018, BYLP established an advocacy arm in to help families address a myriad of issues like racism, teacher targeting, and bias implementation/enforcement of policies on the books that resulted in unfair suspensions, expulsions and arrests of Black students across school campuses.  We specialize in MEDIATION, CRISIS RESPONSE including CRISIS SUPPORT but are not assigned to any specific campuses.   Our first priority is centered around working to address the issue as we restore the student. We see the value of forging relationships across Districts as we advocate for a more fair and just environment for Black students.  

 

We realize we cannot do the work alone.  We believe children deserve to have a team surrounding them.  That means community and most important families are a vital part of insuring the issues are mitigated effectively. If you or someone you know has a complaint regarding an incident of racial harassment or discrimination on a school campus and are in need of advocacy support/assistance, we got you!! BYLP is here to listen, support and work with you to solve issues.

We serve intentionally in ways that our students, families and teachers need. We care about Black students and refuse to allow them to be targeted or mistreated. We are UNAPOLOGETIC!! We lead with love & purpose. Our unique approach fused with common sense, boldness, honesty, empathy, relatability, and policy experience makes us a force in any space we come into.

 

If you have a complaint and you would like us to look into an issue please follow the process.

STEP ONE

STEP TWOSend an email to your child's specific school Principal (cc: lpryor@bylp.org,  the VP assigned to the student and the Superintendent of the District) to give them permission to speak with advocates from BYLP.

COPY & PASTE: As the parent of (insert child's name here), I am giving authorization and full access to Ms. Lorreen Pryor, Ms. Exquisitive Hundley, Ms. Lisa Stanley and any other representative with Black Youth Leadership Project (BYLP) to act as my child’s advocates. They are to be provided with any and all information pertaining to my child and the incident occurring (insert date here). Thank you for your assistance in this very important matter.

STEP THREE:  Meet or get on a phone call with your assigned advocate to go over your complaint. (Bring/email all related information; i.e. behavioral reports, emails, videos etc)

STEP FOUR:  A meeting will be scheduled with your child's school to attempt to put in place a resolution that restores the child.

STEP FIVEPlan to attend and speak at the next scheduled Board meeting to put your issue on record. 

This is an important step that cannot be ignored. STOP SUFFERING IN SILENCE.

STEP FIVE:  DO NOT TAKE ANY MEETINGS OR PHONE CALLS WITHOUT YOUR ADVOCATE

Disclaimer: We do our best to accommodate all of our families.  We are not magicians with a magic formula, we do the work WITH the families leading the way. Each family is expected to give us ALL pertinent information in a timely manner.  We  give our time to assist families because we care. We do not receive compensation for our services and are not always available when families are experiencing crises. However, we promise to reach out within 48 hours of you submitting your completed complaint form.

Advocate Team

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LORREEN r. PRYOR

 Chief Advocate

RACISM

 TEACHER TARGETING

BULLYING/ RACIAL BULLYING

SUSPENSIONS & EXPULSIONS

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER INCIDENTS 

POLICY DEVELOPMENT & REVISIONS

CASELOAD MANAGEMENT

INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM (IEP)

504 PLANS

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Exquisitive Hundley

  Advocate

RACISM

 TEACHER TARGETING

BULLYING/ RACIAL BULLYING

SUSPENSIONS & EXPULSIONS

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER INCIDENTS 

CASELOAD MANAGEMENT

INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM (IEP)

504 PLANS

AMERICANS with DISABILITIES ACT  COMPLIANCE

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Lisa Stanley

 Advocate 

RACISM

 TEACHER TARGETING

BULLYING/ RACIAL BULLYING

SUSPENSIONS & EXPULSIONS

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER INCIDENTS 

POLICY DEVELOPMENT & REVISIONS

CASELOAD MANAGEMENT

Neketia Henry

 Advocate

IEP/504 SPECIALIST

SUSPENSIONS & EXPULSIONS