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Statement of Solidarity

 

Dear Youth and Families of Sacramento,

Whether it is yesterday, today, or tomorrow the call for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion is key to our collective growth. We recognize that the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, who continue to be historically disenfranchised, under-served, and undermined, still face barriers that negatively impact both daily life experiences and generational prosperity. Most of these barriers are the consequence of a choice to not properly acknowledge, evaluate, and correct the historic and long-term impacts of systemic racism. The youth we work with and serve, and their respective communities, have inspired PRO Youth & Families to reflect on our own responsibilities and active roles. We openly acknowledge the systemic trends of institutional racism and its impacts on Sacramento today. Our sense of agency has always come from the youth, the families, and our partners who care to see an end to racial inequities within our institutions; and we choose to be responsive.

PRO commits to promote justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the programs we run, the communities we serve, and within our organization by:

  • Nurturing a culture of accountability within our organization by providing opportunities for continuous learning and growth for our staff and leadership on the history and impact of racism, white supremacy, and systemic oppression.
  • Hiring staff, leadership, and board of directors of racial and ethnic diversity to better represent the populations we seek to serve.
  • Creating sustainable opportunities that empower BIPOC youth to speak and build on community-based solutions to reverse the systems that perpetuate racial inequality.
  • Leveraging the capacity of communities to advocate for policy change that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Leveraging the capacity of organization leaders that represent and address the needs of disenfranchised and vulnerable populations.

Our goal is to provide sustainable and positive impacts in the lives of the youth we serve and lead. We will be an example to future generations through our values and actions, not just our words.