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.
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 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 email@example.com 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 (or private Facebook group) using your best discretion about what's being posted (e.g. posting information about activities and events for students versus soliciting for business; not posting too often, etc).
Can I invite someone to join PSV?
As long as they fit the basic criteria -- identifying as African-American/Black, having an affiliation with a local private school or are on the private school "track," and/or identifying as an active ally to these families. 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 the 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, that someone in the family be affiliated with a local private school, and/or that someone identify as an active ally who wants to better support Black students and families in private/independent school. This includes multiracial families who are mixed with African-American/Black. This may also include Black/African-American families who 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 a village for one very simple reason--we lack a lot of racial diversity in our daily school experience which has tremendous short and long-term implications.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.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.”
Where does the money raised go?
100% of donations directly cover expenses related to PSV programs and operations. PSV does not currently have paid staff but is instead operated and managed by a team of dedicated volunteers.
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.