Coleman members are the heart and soul of our work.
Struggling parents and young people join Coleman because they know they cannot fight our community’s problems alone. Members join, pay dues, and take action together to win Coleman policy and budget campaigns that have been envisioned and led by member leaders themselves.
Click here to watch a 3 minute member-made video on the themes of “Hope, Justice, and Opportunity”, the cornerstones of Coleman’s mission and vision for San Francisco.
Click here to check out Coleman’s Tumblr that includes several photo series’ highlighting our youth and parent members.
Grassroots leaders are the heart and soul of this organization. Coleman families’ membership meetings are lively spaces, full of debate, lots of food and the sound of children’s or young people’s laughter. Every week, leaders are meeting in local elementary, middle and high schools, gathering up the courage to speak out, building unity across race, language and generations, and winning issue campaigns that make a real difference, together.
Parents Making a Change (PMAC) empowers low-income parents of color (and other guardians) with children in San Francisco Head Start programs and public elementary schools to be effective advocates for positive change in their schools and communities. PMAC has developed the leadership, skills, and confidence of thousands of parents and supported them to lead high-impact policy and budget reform efforts on issues ranging from bilingual and special education programming to student access to technology resources to expansion of childcare resources and workforce development programs. Coleman has more than twenty years of experience creating or strengthening vehicles for family and community participation in the San Francisco school system, including the establishment of the SF Parent Advisory Council. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PMAC’S CURRENT BROCHURE DETAILING OUR 2015-16 CAMPAIGN GOALS
Youth Making a Change (YMAC) has been organizing low-income high school students of color in San Francisco since 1991. YMAC’s youth-led advocacy efforts have organized thousands of youth to stand for students’ right to voice concerns about their education and provided many resources for San Francisco’s high schools, including the Wellness Centers and SF Youth Vote. YMAC prides itself on its pioneering hybrid model of member-led grassroots organizing, sharp policy and budget advocacy and deep civic engagement. We compliment these central strategies with individual/group academic and personal support and the community-building activities that we see as essential to sustainable community organizing. We work to build committed life-long leaders who exert leadership at four levels: in their own life, in YMAC campaigns, in our organization, and in the larger movements for racial and economic justice.