Arizona Alliance of Black
Parents-A Child's First and Forever: Teacher, Advocate and Protector
The education of our children is the responsibility of the schools, right? WRONG! School is a supplemental tool but YOU, the parents, are the essential ingredients. We are their first teachers, advocates, and protectors and that role never ends. A proper education lays the foundation for a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life. No one will ever be more committed to your kids’ future than you. But how do we help our children maneuver a broken school system? What are our specific roles as parents? This workshop will answer those questions and more. Identifying your own strengths and weaknesses, research and regulation, protection and mitigation of outside influences are just a few of the tools to be covered in this essential presentation. Education is vital for life-long success. Let’s do our part to give our kids a fighting chance. This is how…
Harold Branch who is affectionately known as “HB”, is a Phoenix based entrepreneur and poet...
HB hails from the Westside of Chicago, an area hard pressed and recognized as being one of the toughest and most oppressed neighborhoods in America. Despite being separated from his father when he was one and losing his mother to suicide at the age of two, he defied all odds and went on to become an applauded poet, speaker, and business trainer.
HB’s accolades include his life story being featured in an MTV Documentary - (Taking a Stand against Violence: ”Warning Signs”), touring with the Goo Goo Dolls & Sugar Ray, performing at Woodstock 99 & the Winter Olympics, working in the townships and with the police departments in Durban, South Africa, performing and hosting a major event at the Las Vegas MGM Grand for over 12,000 fans, and countless seminars, appearances and performances at various schools, universities, spiritual centers & conferences all across the U S. And his first book “Finding My Way” uses poetry and counseling techniques to guide readers through their own healing journey and has been used nationwide.
HB’s contribution to the Arizona community is well documented in the 2015 edition of “The State of Black Arizona”, multiple features at the City of Scottsdale MLK Dinner ceremony, as recipient of Phoenix’s Martin Luther King, Jr “Living the Dream” award, as inaugural recipient of the Universal Learning Centre’s ‘Courage in Learning Award’, and as founder and host of one of the country’s largest open mic poetry and arts events over seven years and counting- “HomeBase Poetry”. Most recently this ASU graduate received a prestigious honor by the Michigan Board of Education who included him in there 2016 list of “100 African American Males You Should Know”. But he is most proud that in 2016 Black Enterprise magazine featured Mr. Branch and his ex-wife, concerning their accomplishments in co-parenting their highly gifted ‘genius’ children Harold IV and Ella Leanay. With many opportunities on the horizon, this is only the beginning.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.