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2019 Parent Leadership and Advocacy Conference


Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

New Jersey Institute of Technology | Campus Center | 154 Summit Street | Newark, NJ 07102

Please join us on Saturday, March 23, 2019, for the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network Parent Leadership and Advocacy Conference, “Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change! Now is the Time!” This biannual tradition is for and about meaningful Parent Leadership across New Jersey’s education, health, mental health, family support, human services, and child welfare systems.  This gathering of current and emerging parent leaders is about creating change by creating strong parents, strong families, excellent schools and stronger communities.


Check out some of the conference sessions or click here for the full Agenda:

  • Policy Panel: A Discussion on Critical Issues- Join us to hear from leaders who will share information on the systems that serve NJ children and families.

  • Leadership Workshop Series: Serving on Groups- This series will prepare and empower attendees to successfully serve on a decision-making group; an important way for parents to have a voice and improve the lives of children and families.

  • Advocating as a Family- This session will help you identify the roles of each family member and determine how advocating together can work for your family to improve outcomes and strengthen the family unit.

  • Nothing About Families Without Families (en Español)- Learn the principals and key roles of being a Parent Leader and how to become a powerful partner across systems to become a catalyst for change.

  • Additional sessions on:  Youth Leadership, Technology, Telling Your Story, Serving on A School Board, and more....

We are looking forward to seeing you at this empowering event for parent leaders and the individuals who support them.  Please share this information with families, school administrators, organizations and others in your networks. You can register for the conference, reserve an exhibit space or support this event as a sponsor at: or use the attached Registration Form.

Remember: “When parents are informed, they envision the difference. When parents are engaged, they work toward the difference. And, when parents are informed, engaged and empowered, they make the difference!” 

Register online TODAY @

 or, Print and Mail the Registration form along with your check to: SPAN Parent Advocacy to 35 Halsey Street, 4th FL, Newark, NJ 07102

There are a limited number of scholarships available for parents/caregivers- Please call 973-642-8100



Sponsors & Exhibitors: Jeanne McMahon,

Questions: Myriam Alizo,