A Year “In the Trenches”

About a year ago, we decided to launch a little newsletter, dedicated to keeping our special friends and supporters informed about important news at Stand for Children Arizona. Little did we know how much it would grow, and how much our team would accomplish. We hope to have another amazing year where we’ll provide even better content for folks like you who are “In the Trenches” with us.

In the Trenches is invitation only so if you know someone who would enjoy it, please let us know!

ICYMI: Back issues are now online!

Have you missed an In the Trenches? No worries. We’ve conveniently compiled them in an easy-to-find list on our website. Whether it’s reading about how we helped elect more education champions or what the ELL reform bill means for students — you can now read them, along with other valuable content.

Click here to read them:

We’ve also included a list of all the news stories we’ve been featured in, stories on everything from education funding to school safety. Click here to check them out:

In the News:


#RedForEd One Year Later: Getting An Education Funding Measure On The Arizona Ballot

The Show sat down with three people working on getting an education funding measure on the Arizona ballot: Dana Naimark, who is President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance; Rebecca Gau, Executive Director at Stand for Children Arizona; and Dick Foreman, President and CEO of the Arizona Business Education Coalition.

Link to the full interview.

New Staff Member Spotlight: Georgina Monsalvo

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Georgina Monsalvo, and I’m excited to be the new Statewide Organizing Director where I’ll be working with parents and community members across Arizona. For me, this work is personal. I grew up in Douglas, Arizona, a small rural town on the US-Mexico border, where I saw firsthand the disparities within the public school system. And if that wasn’t enough, I quickly found out I wasn’t ready for college when I almost flunked out of my first year because of the rigorous work college demanded. It took me a while to catch up to my peers, and to this day, I still experience the repercussions of the disadvantages I had.

Why do you stand for children?

Now, as a mother of a 9-year-old son, I want him to attend the best school possible — one that will prepare him for college.

My only hope is that the quality of his education doesn’t keep depending on where he lives. Our schools are underfunded with overcrowded classrooms and underpaid teachers. Our teachers and students deserve the best, so we need to keep advocating for them.

How can folks get involved?

Right now, if you’re interested in getting plugged in and doing more about the state of education in Arizona, you can become a member. It’s an easy process but one that I believe will have a lasting impact on the future of our students.

You can visit or you can send me an email at

Final thoughts?

I’m super excited to be part of an amazing organization that’s doing great work for kids across Arizona. I believe that in the next couple of months, we are going to do amazing things. We hope you’ll be a part of what’s happening.

We hope you enjoyed the past year of In the Trenches. We will strive to keep making it even better in the years to come. As always, thank you so much for being a loyal reader.

Warmly, Rebecca, Stacey, Martin, Liliana, Katherine, Blythe, and Georgina The Stand for Children Arizona Team

Stand for Children is a non-profit education advocacy organization focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability.

In order to fulfill our mission, Stand for Children, Inc., our 501(c)4 organization, performs all advocacy and lobbying activities while the Stand for Children Leadership Center, our 501(c)3 organization, manages our parent and family education and engagement programs as well as Stand’s public awareness campaigns.
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