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June 2, 2020: We Must Do Better For Our Children.

“I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
- Rosa Parks

In the midst of a public health crisis and an economy in turmoil, we continue to struggle on the deepest human levels. But this should not be a surprise. There is so much heartbreak, fear, pain and anger across our country right now, and the level of trauma that so many young people – and particularly young people of color – continue to experience is hard to process.

As a society and for centuries, the voices and rights of those not in power have often been suppressed, especially that of black men and women. The continued consequences of these unacceptable inequalities and injustices, both outright and hidden, are ever-present today. Our work at Boys & Girls Club among young people is rooted in the elimination of racism and bias, provision of equity and opportunity, and elevation of dignity for all. This work is clearly critically important.

We must do better for our children.

As a mother of white teenagers and as a white woman, I have the responsibility to teach and expect my children to be a force for good in this world. I also have the responsibility to grow as a person and as leader, challenging myself to expand my understanding, beliefs and behaviors. I also have the responsibility to lift up the voices of people around me who need the platform to speak now. In the coming days, we will feature the voices and ideas of leaders in our Boys & Girls Club who have devoted their lives to creating a just future for all children, especially people of color.

I encourage you to join with us. Join with me. Challenge yourself, your ideas and your behaviors as we create the world we want. From my family to yours, thank you for supporting the safety and dignity of all people and for doing what’s best for our community’s most vulnerable people.

We must do better for our children.

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