Equity and Liberation

Youth Collaboratory is committed to working towards equity and liberation in all facets of our work.

Resources for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color:

Across the nation, feelings of exhaustion, stress, guilt, and even hope and gratitude may exist in all of us. In their most recent blog, Kanesha Lenore Jean-Baptiste and Risa Rehmert discuss the essential practice of collective-care. While their focus was on the new normal following Covid-19, their message transcends to communities now fighting to end racism.

Read the Blog


BEAM works to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. BEAM does this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts. This list of strategies and resources support that work.

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Over the last several days, The Trevor Project has been supporting Black LGBTQ youth in crisis expressing a wide range of emotions over the senseless and unjust violence against Black Americans. No matter where you’re located, it’s possible that these current events are impacting your mental health in ways you might not realize.

Learn more about the work of the Trevor Project


Compiled by Micalah Webster, MSW/MHSA, these resources reflect a compilation of materials to bring peace and healing.

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Resources for White Allies:

Writer Alyssa Klein and filmmaker Sarah Sophie Flicker compiled a public google doc with over 75 anti-racism resources for white people and parents to strengthen their ability to be an ally. This list includes resources for young and older youth, as well as a recommended list of leaders and organization to support and follow on social media.

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Parade has created, "The Anti-Racist Starter Pack: 40 TV Series, Documentaries, Movies, Ted Talks, and Books to Add to Your List". This list is a great resource on how to best build ally-ship with the Black Community and ensure your activism is not performative. 

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Youth Collaboratory has developed a tip sheet that can help program staff and volunteers in engaging youth who have been impacted by the violence and trauma of this nationwide unrest. Developed originally for mentoring programs, we believe that the resources included have value for any setting where youth are being engaged.

Check out the Tip Sheet


This list is curated by Black Lives Matter: Bloomington Chapter and includes a series of topics where you can learn more through books, articles, and videos.

Check out the list


Youth Collaboratory's Stand:

Read our statement on the tragic murder of George Floyd

Read a Letter to Leaders in the Youth Services Field
 

 


As we learn of other tools and resources that support this important work, we will add to this list. Have a resource you’d think would be useful? Submit it here.