You've Got Questions...Here Are Some Answers

Can I join PSV even though my child is not in private school?


Yes! We welcome any Blacks/African-American families that are on the private school "track." A goal of PSV is to increase diversity in independent schools and PSV members can provide first-hand feedback to applicant families in a unique way.




Is there a membership fee to join PSV?


There is no fee to join the Private School Village--if you fit the basic criteria, we just want you to join us, socialize, and pitch in whenever/if you can. We are a village and together we are building something special and important with a keen focus on doing what's best for the health and development of our children. We think that building a valuable community shouldn't require a fee or become any type of burden. That said, we would be silly not to hope that everyone will contribute in a meaningful way. We welcome all in-kind or monetary donations throughout the year.




Can I share an upcoming event with the other members of PSV?


Yes! Please send information about resources related to diversity and inclusion or private school admittance and we will try to post it here and on social media for the PSV community. We are still figuring out criteria for all other types of resources that might be worth sharing (tutors, camps, performances, etc) so please continue to be patient.

To submit something, email lisajohnson@privateschoolvillage.org and include a jpeg image that provides the event name, date, location, contact name and a little blurb about the event. Better yet, if you're on Facebook, please post it directly to the PSV public Facebook page using your best discretion about what's being posted (e.g. posting information about activities and events for students versus soliciting for business).




Can I invite someone to join PSV?


As long as they fit the two basic criteria -- identifying as African-American/Black and having an affiliation with a local private school or are on the private school "track," we hope that you will invite them!




How do I join PSV?


Simply RSVP to one of our events on our website or sign up for our emails on our website and you will start receiving information about upcoming events. Then dive in and participate however possible. Remember, it takes a village and we each can play a role, however big or small, in that village. Together, if we each contribute something -- time, talent, resources, participation -- we will be stronger for it and our children will benefit the most.




Is there any criteria to joining PSV?


The only criteria we have is that someone in the family identify as African-American/Black and that someone be affiliated with a local private school. This includes multiracial families who are mixed with African-American/Black. This may also include Black/African-American families that are on the private school "track," hoping to join this unique school community.




What's so special about PSV?


At the core, we are building this village for one very simple reason--we lack a lot of ethnic diversity in our daily school experience and we want our children to see themselves more and feel a stronger sense of community. PSV is special for a lot of reasons but mostly because we know it takes a village to raise healthy and happy families. There is something and unique about the way in which we hope to build and strengthen this growing community by focusing on the student, parent/caregiver, school triangle of partnership.




Who do I contact if I have more questions?


Please email Lisa at lisajohnson@privateschoolvillage.org.




Are PSV and Jack and Jill the same thing?


Both organizations strive to better support Black/African-American children through myriad programs and activities, however, Jack & Jill and PSV are not the same thing. Many families participate in both organizations for that very reason. Perhaps the biggest difference between the organizations is that PSV is a grassroots community comprised of those that identify as Black/African-American and have an affiliation with an independent/private school or those that are on the independent/private school “track.” PSV welcomes all caretakers, regardless of gender and race/ethnicity, and there is no application process. PSV is also only located in Los Angeles, CA. Jack & Jill is a nationwide membership organization of mothers who were invited and selected to join (if they are not legacy). Chapters of Jack & Jill are limited in the number of members each chapter selects, and the children of members do not have to be in private school. Both organizations offer a great deal to the Black/African-American community.




Where does the money raised go?


100% of donations directly covers expenses related to hosting the monthly PSV Socials. PSV does not currently have paid staff but is instead operated and managed by a team of dedicated volunteers. These monthly events roughly cost anywhere from $1K-$3500. We have plans to grow these events as well as plans to launch specific programs in 2020. This means PSV will minimally need more than $3500/month in order to grow our community and create programs. For that reason, we are always in need of financial support.




Are families in Catholic School welcome to join PSV?


Yes! Private schools include nonsectarian schools and religious schools covering many denominations (the term parochial usually denotes Catholic schools but can also refer to schools of other religious faiths and denominations). These schools do not rely on government funding. They are supported by tuition, by grants from charitable organizations, and in the case of religious schools, by religious institutions.




Is it a conflict to participate in PSV and also be a part of any other organization?


It is not -- at least from PSV's perspective! PSV is highly collaborative, nonprofit organization and feels as if there is plenty of room for every organization, every mission, even entities with similar or related goals. To us, there is real strength in sharing efforts and we'd prefer to leverage that strength for the benefit of our community.





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