Hello Club Parents & El Paso County Community,
The Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region is excited to share about our partnership with USAA around diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Club was awarded a $200,000 grant from USAA as part of a 3-Year, $50 Million Commitment to Advance Racial Equality. The Club truly believes that all youth are at risk in some form, which is why the Club is committed to helping those who need us most.
Our country and Boys & Girls Clubs around the nation are struggling with our current uncertainties and the violence that has been taking place. The Club feels that we can significantly impact the societal unrest and confusion our youth are struggling to understand. Advancing equity for people of all races and ethnicities is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of everyone. We believe there is no organization better positioned than the Club to engage in open, honest, age-appropriate dialogues with our community’s youth and their families. Thus, as part of this grant, the Club created an initiative called Conversations That Count to work toward improving our society through education, open dialogue, and generational change.
Conversations That Count is a virtual platform series during which the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region will facilitate monthly discussions to focus on listening and learning about issues affecting the next generation of youth and our society now. The Club will foster open, respectful dialogues between the Club and the community.
The Club has partnered with Dr. Regina Lewis with ReginaSpeaking, LLC to host 9 FREE monthly micro-sessions discussing a current societal issue. These sessions will be open to both the community and Club youth & families. Sessions will take place once per month for an hour at a time from April to December with professional expert facilitators to focus on issues facing our society. Each quarter will focus on an overarching social, diversity, or inclusion topic.
As a part of Conversations That Count, the Club will facilitate quarterly competitions, in which participants will share lessons learned during the series. There will be three competitions and the winners will receive a $1,000 Family Support Scholarship (funding to support monthly family expenditures) and a family night kit that allows families to continue the conversation at home.
These discussions will take place over Zoom on Thursdays from 6-7pm, except for April as it will be Thursday, April 22nd. Once you sign up, the Club will email you the Zoom link.
For quarter two, the overarching topic will be Race Awareness with the following sub-topics.
April 22nd 6pm-7pm
“How to Explain Racism to our Youth”- Hosted by Shirley Martinez
Whether you are a person of color or white, it is important to start talking to our youth about race and racism. How we got here can help to create a much-needed dialogue to help ensure that you’re informed and sensitive to a child’s maturity level to address this difficult topic. This is important work to help our youth understand the world around them and prepare for the difficult experiences that they may face.
May 20th 6pm - 7pm
Someone like me/Someone like you! -Hosted by Rhonda Williams
Participants will learn about the value of similarities and differences through experiential activities. Assumptions and stereotypes will be introduced. Each activity will be processed with the participants for better application to the learning.
June 17th 6pm - 7pm
What Do Un-Earned Advantages Look Like? -Hosted by Hettie Meyers
Breaking down the idea of white privilege, discover what the concept means to children and adults. Examining how simple day-to-day experiences can be different based solely on your race. How does acknowledging everyone’s experience throughout life is not the same affect you and those around you. A guided conversation on how you can use your privilege to serve as an ally.
The Club would like to invite you to participate in and contribute to these conversations to create a positive impact on our youth and community. Please sign up no later than April 19th, 2021 for the April session. Thank you for your time and consideration in being part of the change.