JP public Policy
Shifting the Written and Unwritten Rules Around
Poverty and Economic Mobility
In a lot of ways, the pandemic has been a national case study for the role of public policy — it is clear that JP can’t deliver on our mission of disrupting generational poverty for single moms and their children without this ingredient.
Centering Public Policy Within JP
We are not outsourcing our public policy commitment; rather, we are centering it in who JP is and what we do. In 2021, we did the hard and transparent work of aligning our National Governing Board of Directors and each Community Board of Trustees around this truth: Generational poverty is a social justice issue.
At the local and state levels, our Community Boards of Trustees established Public Policy Committees to be advocates and educators in their local communities. At the national level, dedicated JP staff members are working towards the advancement of our public policy mission through relationship building, policy research, and collaboration with our Public Policy Committees.
Across the board, we are committed to mobilizing and centering the voices and experiences of JP moms and alumni because we believe empowered moms are the future. This includes ensuring they aren’t only invited to tables of power but are supported to author their own agendas. Collective work is necessary to help our moms transform their families and their communities while shifting the national conversation around economic mobility for the most marginalized and overlooked.
JP’S THREE PUBLIC POLICY PRONGS
2022-2024 National Public Policy Focus Areas
Our three-pronged public policy framework focuses on those disproportionally sidelined by the pandemic: women with small children experiencing poverty, with a specific focus on BIPOC single moms. We are leveraging our commitment to direct service work and commitment to shifting public policy to achieve long-term systemic impact.
EARLY CHILDHOOD AND CHILDCARE
JP is focused on increasing the compensation of childcare workers to retain and attract skilled caregivers and educators, ultimately benefiting both child and worker by improving the overall quality of childcare.
We are actively looking into policies that will address the labor issue within the childcare system because we understand that care workers are the backbone of a robust care infrastructure. Policy development plays a critical role in ensuring that care worker jobs are sustainable and provide living wages to enable care workers to support themselves and their families.
STUDENT PARENTS AND LOAN DEBT
When it comes to working single mothers, educational opportunities and childcare support access need to be expanded and made more accessible for them to reap the economic and mobility benefits of obtaining post-secondary degrees.
JP recognizes how financial obstacles such as student debt hinder educational opportunities, especially for single mothers. That is why we are researching policies pertaining to the impact of student loans on rising tuition prices and poverty.
EMERGING WORKFORCE TRENDS
Investing in high-quality educational pathways that lead into high-demand or emerging sectors is crucial to creating more viable career prospects and financial stability for single mothers. It will increase future financial security for both mother and child by providing more career opportunities for single mothers.
JP understands the need for new local, state, and national investments in high-quality educational pathways that are paired with holistic support systems. These investments will increase access to the education and training single mothers need to re-enter the job market and earn family-sustaining wages.
Staying in Our Lane
How JP Thinks about Advocacy and Public Policy
JP is on a mission to advocate in the public policy space for the advancement of our mission and positive shifts in issue areas that disproportionately impact our JP families. We are taking an internal and external approach to our public policy initiative to ensure that the message we are conveying publicly aligns with what we are doing internally. Our three public policy approaches coincide and often intersect with one another.
We realize that before we can become strong advocates against the social injustices our JP families face, we need to increase our visibility within our communities and ensure alignment around our mission within our own organization.
We understand that to achieve our goals we need to collaborate with other organizations and individuals that align with our mission and values, as well as maintain and leverage connections within our own organization.
We are taking the necessary steps to position JP mothers, staff, and stakeholders to be leaders in their community and have a voice in the decision-making process internally and externally.
JP IN ACTION
How Our Programmatic Investment Aligns with Our Public Policy Efforts
The following are glimpses into what JP is doing internally to ensure we are aligned with our external public policy initiatives. Each of these assists in our commitment to unapologetically mobilize and center the voices and experiences of current JP moms and JP alumni.
EARLY CHILDHOOD & CHILDCARE
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Fellowship & Child Development Association (CDA) Scholarship
Student Parents and Loan Debt
Future events centering single mothers who are student parents and investments that can be made to ensure higher education is more attainable
Emerging Workforce Trends
JP Career Volunteer Mentoring Program:
Empowering both JP moms and experienced career professionals to write new narratives
JP Public Policy Updates
Affirming Identity Through Curriculum
Hear JP’s VP of Student Programming, Dr. Crystal Palmero Ward, and Kaya Henderson, CEO of Reconstruction US, as they discuss “Affirming Identity: Building Curriculum, Fostering Healthy, Self-Affirming Identities and Centering Black Culture.”
#SHECESSION: Policy, Poverty and the Single Mom
Hear this important discussion between JP’s Chastity Lord and Nicole Mason of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Both are CEOs and Black women who were raised by single mothers. Both are also deeply familiar with the impacts of generational poverty.
Mothers Owning Their Power, Authoring Their Futures
The five pillars of Jeremiah Program offer the supports single mothers need to disrupt the cycle of poverty for themselves and their children.
Conscious Conversations: Sharhonda Bossier
A discussion about activism on and off the street with Sharhonda Bossier, Deputy Director at Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC).