Ensuring that our staff and board members reflect the communities we serve – and our belief that change must be led by those most impacted by the current system. Over 90% of our program participants, 95% of our staff, and 71% of our board members are people of color.
Actively addressing anti-Blackness within our organization through organization-wide trainings and planning processes that work to root out white supremacy in our systems, structures and relationships
Partnering with organizations and funders who share our values by creating a policy on Donations We Accept to ensure that we are not unwittingly promoting the very systems we are seeking to dismantle
Grounding our programs in a social justice framework so our youth participants can better understand how current conditions are shaped by white supremacy, and can dream of a liberated, decolonized world
Compensating Black staff for work they do on racial justice at yli
Our areas of growth include:
Implementing a social justice curriculum across yli programs as a foundational training for youth and staff
Bringing on a consultant to lead efforts to strengthen anti-racists policies and trainings across the organizationImplementing social justice curriculum across yli programs as a foundational training for youth and staff