Together Colorado unlocks the power of people through community organizing to bring human dignity to the center of public life with an intentional non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith approach.
Since 1978, Together Colorado (formerly Metro Organizations for People) has organized alongside volunteer community leaders to build and solidify lasting power in the state of Colorado. Collectively, our leaders, member institutions, and staff developed this organization, which now spans 220 congregations, schools, and faith leaders across the state. We are a member of the national network, Faith in Action.
We are people of various faith traditions organizing to create a better world for our children and our children's children; one that values, uplifts and protects the humanity and human dignity of every person.
Testimony from Together Colorado Leader: Holliday Aguilar (Bruce Randolph School)
I want to share with you some of my experience as a leader with Together Colorado. Before I never got involved in anything because I worked all day and even into the evening and didn't have time to participate very much. My daughter was the one who motivated me. After she started attending after-school activities at Bruce Randolph, I thought I should get involved as well. When I met Nola, our parent liaison, I started participating, first with Parent Watch to make our school safe.
In the past, I was embarrassed to speak. I saw everyone else as more intelligent than me, they spoke well and I just listened. Then I said, I have to give my opinion and if they don't like it, well, too bad. At the school we have been able to improve and influence a number of areas: parent involvement, school safety, college support, and the current campaign against bullying.
We had a great win with the Together Colorado Education Committee in successfully building the new transportation system for Near Northeast (NNE) Denver schools. We have worked hard on this proposal for over three years, and finally all of the students in NNE Denver will be able to use and better rely upon school buses going to and from ANY school in the area. In April we won the right for parents to use the bus as well. Something that the administration did not want, but they listened to us!
By getting involved, one gains self confidence. Who would have imagined that I would be speaking in March in front of Colorado Senators in support of proposed legislation to strengthen parent involvement in schools. I was very nervous. They are people with the power to say Yes or No and one needs to go well prepared to speak. But they are people, just like us. And I went with strength and confidence in what I was going to say in the name of all the
parents within Together Colorado. I did it and we won. The legislation was signed into law by the governor!
I want to thank Together Colorado for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a strong and powerful organization, and thus being able to develop confidence in myself and as a leader. I will continue this work in order to achieve many changes in our community and throughout our state.