Our Coalition’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board members lead the charge in developing and executing programs that promote racial justice and equity within our community. We will continuously update this information as programming efforts evolve through their commitment, leadership, and efforts.
Youth of color are challenged to make a successful transition into the workforce amidst their experiences with racial disparities. Some of these obstacles include generational poverty, residing in low-income neighborhoods, attending low-tier schools, and having limited employment networks and resources. These structural issues create barriers for youth of color to make progress, which is what we hope to combat through our Coalition’s efforts.
The Youth Internship Program aims to promote job and mentorship opportunities for youth of color. Partnering companies that wish to participate in this program will offer youth of color a high quality internship opportunity that will comprise hands-on mentorship around navigating the corporate realm, learning effective communication skills, and enhancing professional development overall.
Ex-offenders are often faced with various obstacles as they attempt to re-enter society after serving time. Individuals with criminal backgrounds usually experience barriers to obtain employment. This could be a result of the reluctance of employers to hire ex-offenders due to concerns about their past record, or based on organizational rules and policies that may prohibit hiring those with a criminal history. In other instances, finding employment may be difficult as formerly incarcerated individuals may have not had the opportunity to receive the necessary education or skills training. With this, many of them may also lack knowledge on how to navigate the job search, develop a marketable resume, or hold an applicant interview.
The Reentry Project serves to assist formerly incarcerated individuals by contributing intentional efforts that lead to a successful transition into the workplace. Through organizational partnerships, this project will connect these individuals to company leaders who will engage them in the application process for job opportunities and/or mentorship programs.
The Police Academy
The Police Academy program aims to promote racial equity within the community by providing intentional and actionable training for local law enforcement officers. Through a combination of presentations and group roundtable discussions, community leaders and police officers engage in relationship building and knowledge sharing. Topics include:
- The role diversity and inclusion plays within communication and action
- How to recognize, challenge, and overcome stereotyping and judgments
- Working effectively across cultures
- How the private and public sectors can work together to create positive change within the community
Policing in America has always been a contentious relationship with the African American community well before the 1963 Civil Rights Movement, under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. People of color have been rioted against, lynched, dogs released on them, communities burned to the ground, unjustly arrested, wrongfully incarcerated, racially profiled and even killed at the hands of the police. It is incredibly disheartening that some of these tragic and unjust incidents are still taking place today. Systemic racism has been integrated into our police departments across the country. The term “community policing” is foreign because it does not seem to exist based on the recent, continual, tiresome and unfathomable situations that continue to unfold before our very eyes via social media outlets, news broadcasts and headlines. The time to dismantle bias-based policing is now. Business leaders, community leaders and government officials must unite and work together to create actionable outcomes between the community and the police, who have taken an oath to “Protect and Serve,” not divide and conquer.