As an organization devoted to fostering empathy and positive change through service in our communities, we condemn systemic racism, injustice, and police brutality. We mourn George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others who have been senselessly killed. Black lives matter. As Dr. King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Change is extremely urgent and necessary. One of our guiding principles as an organization is that children and teens are a vital part of creating that change. We directly address pressing social issues through youth volunteering, and intentionally engage a diverse range of kids, teens, and families with service.
We also recognize that treating the symptoms of inequality and injustice is not enough. If we are to end homelessness, food insecurity, lack of health care, climate change, and other issues that disproportionately affect black and brown communities, we must address systemic racism and racial inequality directly, including talking to kids about race and racism and encouraging action toward positive change.
We commit to using our platform to educate, inspire, and activate kids, teens, and families toward social and racial justice and equality, so that together, we can create the change so desperately needed.