Stand Up for Our Children (Stand Up) is a grant initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), made possible through funding by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Civic Engagement Innovation Fund (Kellogg), to support the work of organizations in New Orleans focused on engaging parents of children between the ages of zero and five. This initiative is based on a belief (shared by both GNOF and Kellogg) that solutions to community issues and problems emanate from local citizens working individually and collectively toward the common good and that people have the inherent capacity to solve their own problems.
In turn, Stand Up empowers parents/families in the community to improve the conditions facing the region's most vulnerable children. This initiative funds nonprofit organizations committed to inclusion, innovation, and impact in solving systemic early childhood problems through engagement by parents/families and others in the community through dialogue, issue identification, leadership development, collaboration, data driven planning and community mobilization.
The expected outcome of this initiative is two-fold:
- More engaged parents advocating for vulnerable children 0-5 years old, and
- Strengthened nonprofits through organizational capacity building
The original objective of the Year One evaluation of the Stand Up for Our Children initiative was to assess:
- to what extent participation in the Stand Up initiative yielded an increase in the capacity of parents to be leaders, and
- whether there was an increase in the funded organization's capacity to engage parents.