On June 1, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America became a signee to America’s Promise Alliance’s statement “Racial Trauma and Young People – Why We Can’t Stay Silent.”
“These acts of violence are manifestations of the inequities and injustices that far too many of our young people encounter on a regular basis,” the statement signed by 86 youth-oriented organizations states.
“ … As adult allies, it is our responsibility to create space for the pain and suffering of so many young people and communities, to actively engage in strategies to help mitigate and prevent racial trauma, and equip adults with the tools to show up as allies, mentors, and supports.”
“ … All of our organizations want to make clear our deep commitment to ensuring young people of color are valued and safe, and that the inequitable systems young people face every day are reimagined and rewired for justice and equity.”
America’s Promise Alliance was born in 1997 from The Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, which brought together thousands of leaders from across the country to refocus the nation’s attention on the needs of children and youth.