Grassroots Leadership | United Way Salt Lake
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Building Up a Community

Through the Individuals in It

Our Grassroots Leadership team exists to meet families where they live, work, and go to school. The team organizes opportunities for South Salt Lake and Kearns residents to have a seat at the table and take the lead. They do this by facilitating conversations, breaking down barriers between institutions and community members, and teaching families so that they feel confident exercising power in the decisions that are made for them and their children.

The City of South Salt Lake has an extensive grassroots network of staff that work directly with the community, such as family liaisons and after-school coordinators. Partnerships with Granite School District as well as United Way of Salt Lake’s community school directors create opportunities to interact with community members and involve them in leadership development opportunities.

 

Grassroots Leadership in the Community

The Grassroots Leadership team partners with a variety of organizations to promote discussion, community leadership, and community involvement. Learn more about their events and programs.

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Early Learning

Early Learning

The Grassroots Leadership team organizes opportunities for parents of children, ages 5 and younger, to learn tips on raising their children so they can grow up healthy and ready for kindergarten. They host workshops where parents can learn how to better play with their kids as well as help administer the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), a method designed to help parents gauge that their kids are on track developmentally.

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Parent Café

Parent Cafés

The Grassroots Leadership team works with schools in Kearns and South Salt Lake to improve their family engagement strategies. One way they do this is at Parent Cafés. At a Parent Café, parents are invited to sit down for dinner to discuss what is happening at their kid's schools. It gives them a chance to connect with other parents as well as school staff and voice their opinions on topics such as school communication, safety, and education.

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Language Groups

Language Groups

70% of Utah's school-aged refugees live in Granite School District. Our Grassroots Leadership team organizes language-based groups with parents living in the district. Along with partners from Granite School District, our grassroots team spearheads conversations covering the American school system, ways to support their child in a new culture, how to talk to teens about sex, how to deal with stress, and more. The team also teaches parents activities to support brain development in their young children.

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Community Research

Community Research

The Grassroots Leadership team brings on aspiring community organizers who live, breathe, and intimately know the neighborhoods and communities of South Salt Lake and Kearns. Our Grassroots Leadership Organizers conduct Participatory Action Research, a method where reasearches work with participants to better understand their communities’ greatest concerns and aspirations, to jointly identify matters, and to build leadership that can lead to action and transformation.

 

Grassroots Stories

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