OVNV was founded in 2015 with the mission of organizing parents to expand education access for Latino learners in New Orleans parish. While we knew from our work that the educational system was not equitable for all learners, we also wanted to ensure that any reforms, recommendations, or campaign we executed were grounded in what parents and communities identified as needs. In order to identify those needs, we needed to organize parents. We started OVNV with just two employees all focused on organizing parents full-time. From working car lines, to conducting parent one-on-one meetings, we set out to build authentic relationships in the Latino and
Spanish speaking communities, learn about the obstacles they faced, and devise solutions to providing a better education for Latino learners. The purpose of OVNV was not to set an agenda that parents would adopt, but instead to give parents the tools to set their own agenda for their communities, students, and schools. Collectively the OVNV team strives to: BUILD the organizing capacity of parents. BUILD institutional capacity within schools and school systems. BUILD the case for continued engagement.
We BUILD the capacity of parents in the New Orleans area to act as advocates in order to ensure educational equity for ALL students.
We envision educational equity for all students in the greater New Orleans area and to strengthen New Orleans’ effort to become a national model for educational equity.
We have an amazing team of organizers who are dedicated to improving education. Come get introduced!