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 CRISIS RESPONSE and including CRISIS SUPPORT but are not assigned to any specific campuses. Our first priority is centered around working to 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 have had the opportunity in Elk Grove to join the working group to craft Administrative Regulations and Board Policies relating to Discipline including Questioning and Apprehension by Law Enforcement. Additionally, we advocated to add ourselves to the hiring panel for new School Resource Officers. We have had similar discussions with several other school districts. We realize we cannot do the work alone. We believe children deserve to have a Village surrounding them. That means community and most important families are a vital part of insuring the issues are mitigated effectively.
We serve intentionally in ways that our students and teachers need us to. 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: Fill out
STEP TWO: Send an email to your child's specific school Principal (cc: , the VP assigned to the student and the Superintendent of the District) to give them permission to speak with your advocate from BYLP.
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: Plan 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: Keep us abreast of all scheduled meetings so that we may attend with you in person or via phone/video conference.
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. Each family is expected to give us ALL pertinent information in a timely manner. We are volunteers who give our time to assist families because we care. We do not receive compensation and are not always available when families are experiencing crises.
BULLYING/ RACIAL BULLYING
SUSPENSIONS & EXPULSIONS
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER INCIDENTS
POLICY DEVELOPMENT & REVISIONS
INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM (IEP)