The Bridge for Youth intentionally (re)focuses, (re)invests, and (re)commits to personal and organizational transformation as we center youth voice, justice, and equity in all that we do to fulfill our vision of “all youth feel safe, accepted, and supported.” In acknowledgment of our organizational commitment to transformation and in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we are honored to share The Bridge for Youth’s Racial Justice & Equity Statement.
The development of the Racial Justice & Equity Statement grew out of The Bridge for Youth’s Racial Justice Cohort, which launched in the summer of 2020 following the murder of George Floyd. With intention, our organization held critical conversations, trainings, restorative circles, and created a new strategic plan. All of these elements built the foundation which has resulted in a Racial Justice & Equity Statement that harnesses the voices and shared vision of our BIPOC youth, staff, and Board of Directors.
At The Bridge for Youth, we recognize that this Racial Justice & Equity Statement is an iterative statement, one that will change, grow, and transform—just as we as individuals do and as our organization will evolve. Today, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we invite you to not simply review the Racial Justice & Equity Statement but to join us in action—to be accountable to uphold and propel fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all.