Ask. Listen. Build. Liberate: The Formula for Parent Power


Lakisha Young, Founder and CEO of The Oakland REACH, created a transformative formula for parent power: Ask families questions. Listen to their aspirations. Build solutions. Liberate communities.
This formula has produced revolutionary results, including: The Opportunity Ticket, which gives the most vulnerable students higher preference for enrolling in quality schools; The Virtual Family Hub, which lifted literacy outcomes during the pandemic; and The Liberator Model, which trains parents to become tutors in the lowest-performing schools. Learn how to bring this formula to your own work.

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  1. There is one key takeaway: How to apply the REACH’s innovative formula to drive community-led change in the places that need it the most.
  2. Within that, participants will be guided around two principles: First, how to make parent power work reciprocal instead of a one-way street.
  3. Second, How to engage parents effectively, rather than just burdening them with more work. This is a major mindset shift.



Lakisha Young, Founder And Ceo, The Oakland Reach

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