IDEA's organizers build relationships with members of their local communities, working together to create sustainable change.
We recognize a significant gap in communication between youth, parents, educators, activists, and policy makers. With poor communication also comes little coherent action.
Community organizing is a time-tested model that we think can be well utilized, along with digital organizing, to generate a powerful catalytic effect in the lives of folks most directly experiencing challenges and wanting change.
We group our organizers into teams based on focus and geography. Each of seven teams focuses on the people we count on to make change. Three additional teams focus on place-based learning.
Each national organizing team focuses on supporting a key boundary partner (the people we count on to make change) by connecting with people, networks, communities, and organizations across the country.
Each place-based team organizes strategically across boundary partners to build relationships and showcase powerful examples of democratic education to influence local and state-wide education conversation, policy and practice.