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. Once you sign up, the Club will email you the Zoom link.
For quarter three, the overarching topic will be Social Justice with the following sub-topics.
July 15th, 6pm-7pm
“Constitutional Rights”- Led by Gianina Horton
The workshop is a partnership with Learn Your Rights in the Community (LYRIC), which offers up-to-date, easily accessible advice for community members specifically related to youth in contact with law enforcement. This Constitutional Rights workshop will educate youth about their legal rights and offers tools to safely exercise them during encounters with law enforcement. Youth will also learn about proper police practice and training as they relate to youth and law enforcement encounters.
Aug 19th, 6pm-7pm
“Juvenile Justice System in Colorado”- Led by Gail Warkentin with Judicial State
Thank you for joining me for this discussion about the Juvenile Justice System in Colorado. In this talk we will discuss three broad topics: 1) How does a youth enter the court system in Colorado, and what happens then? 2) What are the goals of the juvenile justice system once the youth is in court; what types of issues arise and what types of assistance are provided to the youth? 3) The juvenile justice system is changing fast. We will talk about new legislation and how it may affect youth and the courts going forward.
Sept 16th, 6pm-7pm
“Restorative Justice & Teen Court”- Led by Erick Groskopf
Restorative Justice provides an opportunity for those most affected by a crime (i.e., the victims, the community, and the offender) to be directly involved in the justice process. The offender must accept responsibility for his/her actions and the harm those actions caused others; as well as take action to repair that harm. Through a Restorative Justice lens, teens recognize the impact of their actions and are provided with a chance to grow from the experience. Thanks to the Restorative Practices used in the Teen Court Program, the re-offense rate for first-time juvenile offenders is at a remarkable 7% as opposed to 40-50% for similar cases in the regular court system.