Advocacy group launches project to help families ‘navigate’ education system


Charline Grant

Parents of Black Children , an advocacy group, launched a project on Tuesday  designed to support families with Black children as they  ” navigate  Ontario’s education system.”

A news release from the  group says the project is funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Family Innovations Stream and will consist of three parts:

Education System Workshops:  Parents of Black Children will host a series of capacity building workshops for parents ranging in topics from, helping Black children navigate the new math curriculum, to avoiding the academic slide.

A Black Parent Mentorship Program:  Parents will be paired together and will meet regularly and support each other throughout the year as their children go through school.

System Navigation:  Charline Grant, Founding Steering Committee Member of  the   group. will take on the role of Education System Navigator for York Region.

The System Navigator will provide ” wrap around support, attend meetings with parents as needed, connect parents to services and act as advocate for parents within the York Catholic School Board and the York Region District  School Board,” the release says.