If there’s one thought that keeps Harlem-based community organizer Tanesha Grant running at full speed, it’s that nearly two years into the pandemic not only do students in New York City’s public school system need help — their parents do too.
“We have to fight for years and years to change all the inequities in our education system, but with a pandemic going on our children need resources right now,” Grant, a mother of three, says. In New York City, which has the country’s largest school district serving more than 1.1 million students in 1,800 schools, this was felt especially acutely. “As a person with little family to turn to, I know how hard it is to be a parent trying to raise their kids and deal with the education system with no support.”
She started nonprofit alliance Parents Supporting Parents NYC (PSP), and made it her mission to help as many parents as she could emotionally and financially. Sometimes this means paying electricity bills and past-due rent. Other times it means forging partnerships, like one with HP, that will help students get the technology they need to keep from being left behind academically.