All parents can and should participate meaningfully in their children’s education, including those whose children receive special education services. Research demonstrates that parent/family involvement significantly contributes to improved student outcomes. Engagement between family members and educators is seen through coordinated efforts as well as joint agenda setting and decision-making and is evidenced by higher levels of trust.

Youth voices are often not heard or respected by adults. DC Youth Leadership Network creates opportunities for youth to experience, learn and lead in a supportive environment and safe space.

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