From The Blog
by Tafshier Kim Cosby
Tafshier Kim Cosby is a member of the YouCAN program's inaugural class. YouCAN is a new initiative that helps community leaders from all over the country build their own local projects to effectuate lasting change in education. Read on to find out more about Tafshier's plan to transform opportunities for N.J. students!
Great Schools Change Everything
Launched in March 2013, JerseyCAN: The New Jersey Campaign for Achievement Now is a nonprofit education organization that advocates for all students across the state to have access to high-quality schools. Our goal is to ensure that students across New Jersey graduate from high school ready to enroll and succeed in college and their careers. We work to advance policies and programs that will positively impact students statewide--especially those with the greatest needs--with a particular emphasis on students in Camden and Newark.
New Jersey suffers from one of the largest achievement gaps in the country. To address this most urgent issue, we need multiple partners pushing strongly for evidence-based reform that will yield the best results for students. JerseyCAN is a new and critical partner in this work. The organization will help promote best practices from across the state and country and elevate the vision for what’s possible in New Jersey education.Kathleen Nugent, New Jersey State Director of Democrats for Education Reform
At NJ BAEO, we’re focused on making sure all children specifically from low-income and working class communities have access to high-quality educational options by supporting school choice policies. To achieve this goal, we are proud to partner with a respected statewide education advocacy organization like JerseyCAN. We've worked together on a number of initiatives such as parent advocacy training classes and parent day at the State House in Trenton to make sure more parent voices are heard in the discussion about high-quality school options.Lavar Young, Newark City Director, Black Alliance for Educational Options