Standing in Support & Solidarity with Members & Partners Across the Country
Youth Collaboratory stands in support and solidarity with our members and partners in Minneapolis and across the country seeking justice, peace, and power in their communities.
The recent murder of George Floyd has shaken Minneapolis, and has led to an outcry across the country. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones as they mourn his loss. Sadly, his death follows that of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others, repeatedly reminding us of the disregard for Black bodies and Black lives in America. We know that youth service providers are experiencing their own pain and trauma, while simultaneously working to hold space for young people, families, and others in our communities. Collective care and support is needed, but in-person gatherings come with COVID risks right now. No matter what, distance is no reason for silence.
Youth Collaboratory opposes all forms of racism, recognizing that the total power of authentic youth voice cannot fully be harnessed until systems of oppression are completely dismantled.
There are no easy answers. Systemic change requires us to reflect on our individual beliefs and actions, to use the voice and position we have within our networks, and to develop an organized, sustained movement toward racial justice. At Youth Collaboratory, we are on our own journey, and are committed to working alongside young people, members, partners, funders, and other supporters pushing for change.