Family Leadership

We believe that families are uniquely positioned to advocate for the best interests of our students. Wee support inspiring and passionate parent/guardian leaders like you to organize family demand for quality schools. We also work with you to develop your understanding of effective schools and offer valuable information to help you support your child’s education. 

Learn about the two main ways GO works with families:

Family Leaders Program

The Family Leaders Program (FLP) is a 10-week parent advocacy and leadership development program designed to build advocacy skills among Fresno parents and family members to then create system changes in order to improve student outcomes in Fresno Unified. Over 100 Family Leaders have graduated from this program since it was launched in 2017.

Ideal Candidates for the program include:

Topics Covered Include:

Parent University graduates

Governance and budgets

School Site Council members

Quality Education & Student Data

Parent Teacher Association leaders

Organizing and advocacy

District committee members

Building relationships

Advocates for students at school site’s

Working across lines of difference

Any FUSD parent or caregiver interested in learning more about how the school system works

Meetings (House and Hosting)

Public speaking and social media

 Program evaluation

Leadership pathways

Ideal Candidates for the program include:

Parent University Graduates

School Site Council Members

Parent Teacher Association leaders

District committee members

Advocates for students at school sites

Any FUSD parent or caregiver interested in learning more about how to school system workss

Topics Covered Include:

Governance and budgets

Quality Education & Student Data

Organizing and advocacy

Building relationships

Working across lines of difference

Meetings (House and Hosting)

Public speaking and social media

Program evaluation

Leadership pathways

Hear from some of our graduates about their experience in the program:

“I came to GO Fresno so that I could learn how to be a parent leader and help my children and my community. I learned how to advocate for my children in a way that is respectful and professional and also how to organize with other parents to make the changes we need”

-Viana Gonzalez, Family Leaders Program Graduate

We are launching new Family Leaders Program cohorts all the time! If you are interested in joining or would just like more information, click here. If you are a parent with a vision for transforming our public schools to better serve all students, contact us to share your story with the GO Fresno team.

Apply now for the Family Leaders Program Cohort #5!

Contact for more information about Family Leadership

Family Leaders Action Group

After graduating several groups of parents through the Family Leaders Program, we found that many of the alumni wanted to continue to work, togather toward improving student outcomes in Fresno. So the Family Leaders Action Group (FLAG) was formed! These committed family leaders meet 1-2 times a month to plan, organize, and strategize and also learn together about the issues facing Fresno’s schools. Stay tuned for more information about the work of FLAG as the school year progresses!

We’ve recently welcomed to our team two leaders from this group as the first Family Leaders Action Group interns!

Lorena Moreno

Lorena Moreno is a LatinX mother who was born in Mexico. She has 3 children, Romeo who is 8 years old, Fabricio who is 6 years old and Yamila who is 3 years old. All her children are currently attending schools in the Fresno Unified School District. 

Her passion is to learn new things every day so that she can take all her knowledge and experiences in her community. (read more about Lorena here)

Juana Iris Mesa

Juana Iris Mesa is a mother of 4 children, Leonardo who is 13 years old, Jayla who is 8 years old, Ryan who is 3 years old and Josselyne who is 1 year old. Her two oldest children are currently enrolled in Fresno Unified Schools.

 She is someone who is active in her own community and her passion is to help others around her and she also enjoys learning new knowledge so that she can share this back to her community. (read more about Juana here)

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