The constant violence and senseless death that plagues our nation weighs heavy on the soul of our organization and the children we serve.
As I try to articulate the pain that the George Floyd murder, police-involved killings, and racially motivated hate crimes against Asian Americans brought to our country, I am at a loss for words. I am especially heartbroken for our children who are growing up in a world where daily tragedy paralyzes their dreams.
The Club’s very inception was based on creating a safe place for kids to grow up, where dreams are realized.
Our organization made a commitment to listen, support, and act to create a just future for all children, especially people of color. We are unwavering in our commitment to champion the voice of our young people to enact change. In the past year:
- We launched our inaugural advocacy program, Agenda for Youth, geared towards solving the critical issues impacting our youth.
- We hosted our second Courageous Conversations for Kids event, which gave our members a public forum to discuss the critical issues that are impacting their futures.
- We mounted a Voter Registration Drive to ensure eligible Club teens and community members were able to vote.
- We convened a Government Relations and Advocacy Committee – a group of community leaders working to help advance the Club’s mission by setting priorities for advocacy work and meeting with elected officials on our behalf.
But we must do more. We must continue to create safe spaces – a safe world – for our current and future members to have the opportunities to live a life without limitations.
Take action today to ensure this future for the youth you care about. Here are practical ways you can help:
- Vote: Local elections continue in May. Educate yourself and cast your vote. Take the time to align your ideas with your action. May voter guide.
- Volunteer: Make sure that young people and their families are supported with the resources they need like food and basic necessities. Volunteer here.
- Give: Support causes that align with your ideas of what America needs more of. Donate here.
Daphne Barlow Stigliano
CEO & President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County