My experience at GLP has shown me that grassroots efforts really do lead to policy changes. All of our programs have been sustained by parent support. It's is challenging when programs are mandated by and tied to government funding. What happens when leadership changes or funds dry up? Many time programs go away. The difference when you have parent and community buy-in is that when funds go away they are committed to finding a way to keep the programs going. We literally have had parents launch bake sales, go to their jobs to look for sponsorships and support for schools. It is powerful to hear directly from parent why they deem language learning critical. A the end of the day we are hoping that our NGO support will garner the attention of the government--Federal, State and Local but at the end of the day it will take our constituents at the grassroots level to keep our leaders accountable!
Please continue to follow up. It is people like you who we need as we continue to advocate for languages for all students!