Diversity & Inclusion

 

At Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, we advocate for youth to have equitable opportunities regardless of specific identifiers, including but not limited to race, religion, ethnic heritage, physical or mental abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Disparities within our communities continue, and systemic racism is still prevalent across our nation. We acknowledge our responsibility to always support our community and under all circumstances. In-line with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we believe it is crucial to not only speak up, but to act, and firmly state that Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley condemns any act of racism or discrimination in any form. It is our mission to inspire youth, especially those who need us most, to achieve their full potential and. We affirm the following:


At Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, we believe a child’s socioeconomic status, race, religion, ethnic heritage, physical or mental abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression should not determine their chances for success.


All people should be afforded the guarantee of fair treatment and equitable opportunity. Many of those without it are within historically marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented populations. We are committed to serving families in neighborhoods that need us the most.
Systemic racism has a traumatic, long-term effect and must come to an end. Our mission further compels us to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation and advancement of certain groups in our country.


Addressing these injustices cannot be accomplished by a single organization; it is only through a collective effort that we can create a future that is equitable and accessible to all, and free of systemic racism. Our youth deserve a safe place, a voice that will be heard and respected, and mentorship from adults free of unfair bias. It is critical that the role models our youth interact with, stand up for what is right and help guide the great futures they deserve. We take the charge to stand up for our youth and ensure they receive access and experiences to help them become the best individuals they can be.


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