IT'S NOT JUST A MOMENT
For too long it has been easy to let ourselves think that because things are ‘better than 30 years ago' that we could ignore the continuing issues of racism in the UK.
But the summer of 2020 is not just a moment, we must use the inhumane incidents in the USA and subsequent protests, discussions and debate as a catalyst for change. We will not only challenge the narrative but also actively change the narrative.
Young Barnet Foundation believes children are our future and it is young people that can really help us, as a community, tackle the issue of racism through generational change.
CAN YOUNG BARNET FOUNDATION HELP TACKLE RACISM?
We commit to supporting our members to explore how we can support and educate our young people, to empower them through knowledge and to rid them of any negative views that have the potential to fester and morph into prejudice and racist thoughts or action. Instead we aim to share positive news stories from the BAME community wherever possible.
How can we make recent discussions a force for good? We don't have all the answers but are committed to working with our members, the other Young People's Foundations, YBF Partners and others to ensure the narrative really is challenged and changed and we urge our members to get in touch us with any relevant news or events.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S FOUNDATIONS
• Together we stand in solidarity against racism, discrimination and violence
• Together we must speak out
• We proudly support young people in our communities as leaders of change, and the organisations which support them
The Young People's Foundations held a webinar to open dialogue about Culture, Heritage and identity (CHI).
YOUNG PEOPLE'S FOUNDATIONS WEBINAR:
BLACK LIVES MATTER, LET’S HAVE THAT CONVERSATION…
Introduction: Let's Have That Conversation.
This webinar held on 24th June 2020 was introduced by Chris Richardson-Wright from Young Harrow Foundation.
Anthony Scott - qualified counsellor/psychotherapist.
Anthony has 17 years’ experience of face-to-face work with young people, families, communities in both statutory and voluntary services.
Patrick Vernon OBE is a social commentator, campaigner and cultural historian.
Patrick has over twenty years’ senior leadership experience working across mental health, public health, heritage and ethnic equality.
Veronica Mason (BSc, MA, PGCHE) is a Professional Youth and Community Worker (JNC Qualified) and university lecturer.
Veronica is very passionate about creating programmes of change which encourages the formation of positive self-identity and racial identity awareness.
Errol Donald, Director of Mindspray.
As a qualified child therapeutic wellbeing practitioner, Errol has worked extensively in community settings where he observes creative, intercultural practice with an awareness of the cognitive, emotional, and educational needs of young people.
Dr Adrienne Milner is an expert on race-ethnic inequality and Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Brunel University London.
Adrienne's research focuses on racial attitudes, policy preferences, and health outcomes to examine issues such as police brutality, discrimination in the NHS and affirmative action.
Question and Answer Session
WHAT'S GOING ON?
We believe it's incredibly important to share and champion positive stories from local, national and global BAME communities. Here are some positive news stories from around the world to read and share. If you're a Young Barnet Foundation member please also send us your own local stories, blogs, events and information and we will share it here.
Stormzy to donate £10m to black British causes over 10 years: Rapper makes financial donation as ‘beginning of a lifetime commitment’ to fighting racism and supporting black people in the UK https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jun/11/stormzy-to-donate-10m-to-black-british-causes-over-ten-years
Captain Marvel 2 Lands Nia DaCosta as Director: Becomes First Black Woman to Helm Marvel Film https://people.com/movies/captain-marvel-2-nia-dacosta-lands-directing-job/
UK Driller SL To Donate £100,000 To Charitable Causes That Help Young People: The teenage rapper announced that he will be donating a minimum of £100,000 to a number of charitable causes that strive to impact young people of all ethnicities across the UK in positive ways https://www.complex.com/music/2020/06/uk-drill-star-sl-to-donate-100k-to-charitable-causes-helping-young-people
Kamala Harris, Biden's running mate, spent career breaking barriers: Kamala Harris became the first Black and South Asian American woman chosen for national office by a major political party, when former Vice President Joe Biden named the moderate former prosecutor to be his running mate this year. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/11/politics/kamala-harris-background/index.html
“EDUCATION IS THE PASSPORT TO THE FUTURE, FOR TOMORROW BELONGS TO THOSE WHO PREPARE FOR IT TODAY” - Malcolm X
Below are some articles and videos that might be of interest and worth sharing.
Re-imagining the future of education through Black British history: The Black Curriculum is a social enterprise founded in 2019 by young people to address the lack of Black British history in the UK Curriculum. https://www.theblackcurriculum.com/
Legendary cricketer Michael Holding explains why education and educating yourself is so important via Twitter
Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent say institutionalised racism must be eradicated for the good of humanity: "It can't be a 'black person's problem', it has got to be everyone's problem. We have got to want a society that is representative and supports people from different backgrounds." - Ebony Rainford-Brent.
Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector. https://www.acevo.org.uk/reports/home-truths/
Developing Young Black Leaders: the first fully comprehensive virtual PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) course designed for young people of African heritage in the UK. https://www.youngblackleaders.org/
WHAT CAN I DO?
We want to share and champion the work you, our members, are doing with your young people for this important cause. If you have any information, content, courses or maybe your response to and thoughts about this movement please email Sandra on firstname.lastname@example.org