Like many of you, we were horrified and dismayed by the violent events in Charlottesville, VA. Many young people were also a witness to these events through the television and social media, and many will be participating in your youth programs.
We thought it important to address these events and offer resources that can help youth workers respond accordingly. We invited Jessica Donner, Executive Director, Every Hour Counts, to share her comments and some resources. Every Hour Counts is a national coalition of citywide organizations that increases access to learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. Below are her comments. We also offer links to additional responses and resources.
Lastly, we want to call your attention to an upcoming Speaker's Forum entitled "Growth Heartset": Establishing a Culture of Caring by Stu Semigran. This is very relevant and will be conducted in both Oakland and Los Angeles.
By Guest Blogger, Jessica Donner
Together, we will make sure that young people across the country feel safe and supported during this frightening time. We believe it is critical for all of us—youth leaders, expanded-learning front-line staff, and intermediary and city leaders—to understand the role these events play in the lives of so many young people with whom we work. We will work systemically and more explicitly to create safe and equitable spaces for young people to express their anger, fears, and hopes and dreams.
To help you navigate complex and difficult conversations and grow as advocates and educators, we’ve compiled a starting list of resources for program providers, parents, and educators:
- Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide
- Crucial, Courageous Conversations: How to Talk to Kids About Racial Violence
- Resources for Educators to Use in the Wake of Charlottesville
- Diversity Toolkit: Cultural Competence for Educators
- An Equity Action Agenda for Youth Development Professionals
- Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color
- How to talk to your kids about the violence in Charlottesville
|Photo credit: Every Hour Counts|
We’d love to know what resources you’re using to build a more equitable world for young people in the face of entrenched inequality. Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #CharlottesvilleCurriculum.
- The Resources You Need To Promote Tolerance and Inclusion (National Afterschool Association)