Fall 2020 Youth White Accountability and Anti-Racism Group

Click here to apply for this 6 week cohort!

This program is for white-identifying young people who want to lean more deeply into racial justice work. The first half of the program will be focused on personal learning, reflection, and identity. The second half will be focused on how to be an active ally and anti-racist changemaker in the fight for racial justice and beyond. Because accountability will be a core component of this program, participants will be asked to take full ownership of their individual growth and learning by independently doing 1-2 activities in between weekly meetings (for example, reading an article or watching a video). Participants must have participated in a Y-WE program before or be concurrently enrolled in another program. Facilitated by Rae Parks.

The group will meet on Mondays from 4-6PM, beginning on October 12 and ending November 16.

Questions? Contact Rae at connect@y-we.org.

Asian/Pacific Islander Anti-Racism Solidarity Group

This group is open to people that identify as Asian/Pacific Islander and are part of the Young Women Empowered Community. To start, we’re aiming for a group size of no more than 20, meeting once a month for 6 months. If more than 20 folks sign up, we will center Y-WE youth and those that work closely with them (e.g. alums, mentors, facilitators, and board members). 
Please read below to learn more about our intentions for this group and fill out this form, so we can follow up with next steps! Facilitated by Stephanie and Neli.

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”– Lilla Watson, Indigenous Australian artist, activist, and academic

*Do the deep work to understand how our liberation as Asian/Pacific Islanders is bound up with the liberation of Black and Indigenous people
*Unpack our familial, cultural, and ancestral histories to understand the trauma and perpetuation of white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy
*Lean into the intersections of power, privilege, and oppression to center the most impacted
*Cultivate ourselves to be courageous changemakers within our personal and professional communities by identifying commitments and actions steps to stand stronger as anti-racist allies

*This is not a DEI training
*This is not a space to convince folks that racism is real and deserving of our attention personally and organizationally
*This is not a space that will tolerate overtly hateful, racist, or oppressive commentary or action
*This is not a space that is led by anti-racist “experts” or “professionals”
~If you are seeking professional anti-racist trainings and support, we have great resource lists and recommendations for you. 

Questions? Contact Neli at neli@y-we.org.

Community White Accountability & Anti-Racism Group

On the last Sunday of every month, Y-WE is hosting an accountability group over Zoom for white folks (adults and youth) to engage in conversation around how we can be anti-racist and be strong allies for the Black community. This group was created on behalf of Y-WE’s Black staff members, who requested that our white staff organize a space for white folks to get to work. We come together to discuss action steps, mistakes we have made in our journey to being anti-racist, and how we can continue the fight in the most constructive and helpful way possible.

If you have already been a part of these meetings, below you will find resources that we have discussed. If you have not yet been a part of this group and you would like to sign up to receive emails regarding future emails, click here.

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, September 27, from 12-2pm.

This meeting will be facilitated by Y-WE alum Maddie McCann and Y-WE mentor Mauri Zingarelli. In this meeting, we will discuss the tangible ways to turn privilege into equity in a company setting. How to create and follow up with company statements in support of BLM; addressing problematic clients and colleagues; leveraging our voices to support the demands of our Black colleagues; and more. Whether you work for a nonprofit or a for-profit corporation, folks of all ages and genders are welcome. This will be an open discussion with actionable takeaways to make change appropriately and effectively.

Action step commitments we made in our first meeting.

Anti-racism resources for white folks.

Resources from our July meeting, from Somatic Therapist Rebecca Renfrow:

As Rev. angel Kyodo williams teaches “love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.”

Rebecca Renfrow clinical mindfulness resource sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z2X-nJfzrb9_n707jEYDg6MNpEths2Knb7IVGAdhrp8/edit

Rebecca’s facilitation is strongly informed by the work of Rev. angel and her offerings of Radical Dharma. Please honor the labor of this Black teacher by making a contribution to the Radical Dharma Movement Project and directly to Rev. angel: Paypal: http://paypal.me/angelkyodowilliams Venmo: @revangel

Join The Great Radical Race Read: http://greatradicalraceread.com/  — an amazing opportunity for collective (un)learning hosted by Rev. angel. Registration closes on August 4.

Recommended readings: Resmaa Menakem: On Being, My Grandmother’s Hands, Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies, Adrienne Maree Brown: a word for white people. and Mab Segrest: Of Soul and White Folks 

Chart from Ruby Jo Walker: https://www.rubyjowalker.com/PVchart_200706.jpg

If you have any questions or would like to add something to this page, please email emma@y-we.org

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*those who identify as women or girls or who were assigned female at birth