Over the past several months Steven and I have had many exciting developments that we are excited to share with you. In April, StudentsFirst merged with 50CAN. As a part of the merger, StudentsFirst Georgia joined 50CAN’s national network of locally developed and locally led advocacy campaigns to bring high-quality education to every child in communities these campaigns serve.

Today, we’d like to re-introduce ourselves as GeorgiaCAN: The Georgia Campaign for Achievement Now. This change underscores our longstanding commitment as a Georgia-led, Georgia-supported organization. While our name has changed, our mission remains very much the same.

Now, more than ever, we are committed to ensuring every student in Georgia has access to an excellent school and an excellent education. We will continue to identify and advocate for common-sense policies that put students and their academic achievement first. And we will continue to work closely with our members, elected officials and community partners to ensure that the policies we champion are the right changes for our communities and families.

As GeorgiaCAN, we will build on our strengths here at home while benefitting from the partnership, knowledge and success of partners across the country. We could not be more proud to find ourselves in the company of diverse and passionate advocates who work hard for the same things we have championed here in Georgia.

We feel our new name highlights our move to a more locally led and locally supported organization, which is why we are thankful for all of your help and continued support these past six years as we have worked hard to put students first.

Don’t be a stranger—come visit us on Facebook and Twitter and sign up to learn more about our work. We look forward to taking our next steps as GeorgiaCAN with you.

Steven is the state outreach manager for GeorgiaCAN. Besides working hard for Georgia’s kids, he enjoys checking out local record shops, gardening and trying out new recipes.


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