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Parenting these days is tough! Between social media, COVID-19, race and class injustice and other current events, it may feel overwhelming to think about how to raise good human beings. The responsibility might feel so great that you are frozen and don’t know where to start.

Have you given much thought to teaching justice in your home? What are observations and experiences you have had with your family that make you want to talk more about justice and equity? Do you see a need for changes to be made in your community in response to all you have witnessed and learned about BLM and inequality this year?

On February 24th, we hosted a conversation with Kiran Gaind, Parenting Coach and founder of Raising Resilience, to discuss how to have meaningful conversations about race and equity in your own homes and communities. Together we can better understand race, class, opportunity, possibility, and implement positive change.

If you missed the live broadcast, you will want to watch the replay. This valuable information will give you an outline for how to start making changes at home and engaging with organizations that need your help.

RECORDING: Race, Class, Opportunity, Possibility and Change – A Conversation with Kiran Gaind

Recommended Reading List:

  • The Deepest Well by Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris
  • How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Nice White Parents Podcast
  • Black Filmmaker Movies that Confront Systemic Racism in America:https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/g32742390/movies-about-race/
  • Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
  • Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galleano
  • The Peoples’ History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation by Jeff Chang
  • Orientalism by Edward Said
  • The Wretched of the Earth (and anything else written by) Franz Fanon

Organizations You Can Get Involved In:

Youth Community Service (https://www.youthcommunityservice.org)

  • Mission: Close the gap between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto through youth community service.
  • Family Service Projects year-round, Make a Difference Day, MLK Day, SUMMER COMMUNITY SERVICE CAMPS, youth leadership programs, youth panels (check out the archive of youth conversations in response to BLM here in Palo Alto – shocking and eye opening their experiences with racism here at Gunn and Paly. New CZI grant and LEARN commission in response.
  • Spring Fundraiser March 24, 7-8pm – please join us (read more and register here: https://youthcommunityservice.org/united-we-rise)

Reading Partners (https://www.readingpartners.org)

  • Tutor Kids to Learn to Read on Grade Level – impactful 1-on-1 model.

iMentor (https://www.imentor.org)

  • Mentor low-Income High School Students to complete college applications and plan for their careers.

Learn more about creating cultures of care at www.raisingresilience.com.

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