Diversity and My Inclusion Resolution

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This week’s Teen Resource, the YMCA, had an action item for us to complete. To write an Inclusion Resolution.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is understanding that there are differences between people. When we talk about diversity and inclusion, we are making strides to include people who may be different from us. By creating our own Inclusion Resolution, we are coming up with a way we are able to include those who are different from us and make the committment to do it.

My Inclusion Resolution

I talked about writing one in my post this week. So, I went to the website, printed off the template and filled it out. See the picture of it below

My resolution includes,

Being open to learning about others and understanding their stories.

Reading more about others who are different from me.

Writing about their story and sharing it on my blog.

That’s the inclusion resolution I made. If you would like to make one of your own, follow this link to the YMCA and download a copy of the Y’s Inclusion Resolution template. Fill it out and share it on your social media profiles.

We can all do a better job of embracing people who are different from ourselves by,

  • Reaching out to others.
  • Starting conversations.
  • Taking the time to listen and learn.

Want to learn more about the YMCA?

If you want to learn more about the YMCA and what they can do for teens and the community, here is a link to my most recent blog post. Teen Resource – YMCA

What will you do to include more diversity in your life? Let me know in the comments below.

Teen Resource – YMCA

Teen Resource - YMCA labeling

Good Morning! Here’s the Monday Morning Blog!

How was your week? Our oldest son left on a trip to Arizona on Saturday, so we are down to one young adult for the next couple of weeks. It will be a fun trip for our oldest while we’ll enjoy some one-on-one time with our youngest.

Black History Month

Black History Month

February is Black History Month. The posts this month are focusing on leaders, issues and pioneers who have had an effect on the history of the different races in our country. The teen resource I am featuring today is no exception. The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) is a worldwide youth organization that helped create Black History Month.

Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA)

According to YMCA.Net, the YMCA (also known as the Y) was founded by George Williams and eleven of his friends in London in 1844. It started as a refuge of Bible study and prayer for young men seeking refuge from the hazards of life on the streets.

The first YMCA in the United States was founded by Thomas Valentine Sullivan. He was a retired Boston sea captain who was working as a marine missionary. He noticed a need to create a safe “home away from home” for sailors and merchants. Now there are more than 2700 locations nationally.

Their Mission

Their committment is to Make a Better Us. How do they do that?

For Youth Development – Empowering young people to reach their full potential

For Healthy Living – Improving individual and community well being

For Social Responsibility – Giving back and inspiring action in our communities

Diversity and Inclusion

In my Teen Challenge – Respecting Diversity and Inclusion post earlier this month, I talked about the Respect Diversity Foundation and their “Different & The Same” program. The YMCA also has a commitment to Inclusion by offering opportunities for people from all walks of life to reach their full potential.

Have you thought about ways to improve Inclusion of diversity in your life? The Y has a way for us to do just that by declaring our Inclusion Resolution for this year. Head over to the YMCA Diversity and Inclusion page and dowload the Y’s Inclusion Resolution Template to declare how you will be more inclusive of others this year. Share your committment on your social media and include the hash tags #BeCauseY and #YForAll. I will share my committment later this week, so be sure to check back.

How Black History Month and the YMCA are connected

Carter G. Woodson

According to an article written by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, in 1915, Carter G. Woodson arrived in Chicago to attend a celebration of the 50th anniversary of emancipation of Black Americans. The three week celebration included exhibits which highlighted the progress their people had made since the end of slavery. Woodson and a small group of people met at the Wabash Avenue YMCA and formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). This group created Negro History and Literature Week which would evolve into Black History Month.

YMCA as a Teen Resource

In their committment to Make a Better Us, the YMCA offers many Youth Development programs. They are set up to nurture the potential of all kids and teens.

  • Camps
  • Child Care
  • Education and Leadership
  • Food Programs
  • STEM
  • Swim, Sports and Play

Do you know about the YMCA? Do you know of one near you? Please let me know in the comments below. If you don’t know for sure, you can check on their website Find Your Y. With COVID guidelines, the Y is offering as many programs as they can with everyones health and safety being the first priority. If you find a program you want to get involved in, be sure to contact your local Y and see how they may be offering it.

Deep Valley Book Festival

Looking for a book festival? It’s hard to find one to attend in person. How about attending one virtually? I have just the one for you. The Deep Valley Book Festival will be taking place online March 6-7, 2021 in their Cabin Fever edition.

I will have an author page and The Hard Way will be available for purchase! Be sure to check it out.

Deep Valley Book Festival

Have a great week!

Teen Challenge – Respecting Diversity and Inclusion

Good Morning! Here’s the Monday Morning Blog!

Parents and Teachers: Did you touch base with that teen in your life this week?

Teens: Did you touch base with the adults in your life? Let them know what is happening with you? I bet they would love it if you did.

February is Black History Month

With February being Black History Month, I’ll be focusing this month’s posts towards people and events that have shaped our country’s view of different races.

With our country struggling with racial relations, I will be forcusing on the teen challenge of accepting diversity and inclusion of others who are different from ourselves.

Respecting Diversity and Inclusion

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, here are the definitions,

Diversity

Diversity is understanding that there are differences between people. Not only racial differences, but differences in culture, religion, sexual orientation, where you live and how much monry your may make.

Inclusion

Is accepting and including people who are different from ourselves and including them in what we are doing as equal partners.

This quote from Verna Myers, a Diversity and Inclusion Expert explains the relationship between these two ideas.

While we are able to see and understand that there are differences between us and others, do we make a point to include those who are different from us? Or,

  • Do we shun them?
  • Bully them?
  • Treat them differently because they are different from us?

The fact that we have historically treated people differently from ourselves has gotten us to the place we are now. Unable to get along with people who may be different from us. The Respect Diversity Foundation has programs they offer for kids and teens to teach us about diversity and inclusion.

Respect Diversity Foundation

This foundation is located in Edmond, Oklahoma. Its mission is to promote tolerance and acceptance across differences through communication, education, collaboration and the arts. They offer a program to educate kids and teens called “Different & The Same.”

“Different & The Same”

This is an engaging diversity program the foundation created to meet a need to educate kids and teens about diversity. They take this program to the schools and educate not only the kids and teens, but also the teachers and community.

Through this program, teens became kinder and more compassionate towards people. Some even became activists and advocates for diversity and inclusion with other people. This is the kind of grass root level teaching that needs to be done to help heal our country.

Here is a link to more information about the Respect Diversity Foundation and to the “Different & The Same” program.

There is another program out there to teach us about how to bring the ideas of diversity and inclusion into the workplace and other organizations. This college program is offered at Villanova University and other colleges throughout our nation. It would be something to consider if our teens are looking for a way to learn more about diversity and inclusion and become an advocate in companies and organizations they are involved in as adults.

Diversity and Inclusion – A graduation certificate program

Villanova University, located in Villanova, PA offers a certificate program called the Inclusion and Diversity strategy. It is the study of effectiveness of inclusion and diversity initiatives in organizations and other places in their lives. It is a part of the Human Resources course of study and is becoming a popular course of study to understand diversity and inclusion and actively improving those relationships in workplaces, organizations and other parts of our lives and society.

With our country struggling with racial relations, understanding diversity and activating ways of inclusion are important pieces to healing our country and improving how we are relating to one another. Here is a link to more information about the Inclusion and Diversity Strategy Certificate offered at Villanova University.

The Hard Way incorporates diversity

When my editor Michelle and I worked through revisions of The Hard Way, we have charcaters of different racial backgrounds interacting in the story. Not only to show what racial makup would typically be found in a burough of a city like New York City (which Manor City is loosely based on), but to show that characters of different backgrounds could come together as friends. Learn more about the book on the books tab of my website. Here’s the link

The Hard Way

What can we do?

Find out how the teens in our lifes feel about diversity and inclusion of others. Teach them with the programs that are available at places like Respect Diversity Foundation. This will go far to change the current views and to start adopting the ideas of diversity and inclusion in our society. What experiences have you faced with Diversity and Inclusion of yourself or others? Please let me know in the comments below.

PS – Something to check out!

Boys Town talks about Diversity this week

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about Boys Town as a Teen Resource because of their programs and how they advocate for teens. Here is a link to my blog post.

This week on Wednesday, February 10th at 12:00 PM CST, Boys Town will be hosting a Facebook Live event, The History of DIversity at Boys Town. Diversity is a foundational part of their organization. The founder of the organization, Father Flanagan began providing care for children regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. Be sure to stop by their Facebook Page on Wednesday to check it out. Boys Town – Facebook

Have a great week!