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Anti-Racism Workshop: Be a Difference Maker

To create educational experiences that encourage personal growth.

Our anti-racism workshop gives our community the ability to learn about the history of racism, how it denigrates persons of color, and the actions needed to meaningfully address these issues now. Youngstown’s population is comprised of 42% black where 90.3% of these children are currently living in poverty. Recent events have shown how systemic racism produces inequalities in health, education, housing, employment, wealth, and representation in leadership all across the country, and the Youngstown area is no different. This powerful workshop, written and presented by teens, will show participants of all ages and backgrounds how biases and systemic racism have been embedded within our society, whether we live in the city or the suburbs. This knowledge will lead to changing individual perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors, while providing diversity, inclusion, and equity within our community. “We may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us.” -John Lewis, Congressman.

The $25,000 will be used to help the Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past students who have journeyed to Civil Rights sites in the South and returned home steeped in the lessons of the Movement and the Principles of Nonviolence, to create, develop, and present a series of professional anti-racism workshops that will teach the history of racism from 1619 – present. This workshop will bring awareness to the impact of racism, encourage participants to self-reflect about racism that exists in their community, and motivate individuals to act to bring about changes in policies of schools, government groups, and clubs that have racist biases embedded within them (institutionalized racism).

Our youth are our future. Through education and empowerment, our youth can help dismantle the effects of systemic racism and bias in the Mahoning Valley by promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity with all members of our community. Our goal is to make the Mahoning Valley a better place to live, work and raise a family. This knowledge will lead to changing individual perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors, while providing diversity, inclusion, and equity in policies within our school systems, police departments, city government, religious institutions, clubs, banks, hospitals and other organizations.