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Teen Racial Equity Council

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The YMCA of the Triangle’s Mission demands that we advance racial equity and inclusion for all. The Racial Equity and Leadership Teen Racial Equity Council serves to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions, and build more equitable communities for all.

 

A diverse and inclusive approach strengthens a Y’s ability to remain culturally relevant, address social issues and ensures its continued relevance and impact as a Cause-driven organization. We also recognize that we are all on a journey of continuous learning. We must change how we listen to, engage with, respond to, and support marginalized communities to face the critical issues of today. We are more innovative and our communities are stronger when we listen to diverse perspectives as we make decisions.

Teens

The YMCA of the Triangle’s Teen Racial Equity Council will reflect the needs and voices of young people who are represented in the communities we serve. Teens and young adults of all races are lighting the path to the fight for racial justice, and dialogue has never been more important. The Council's goal is to help empower these young people with space and resources to help them engage in these important conversations.

Requirements

The YMCA of the Triangle is committed to engaging the next generation of changemakers in our region. If you are a high school student or college freshman or sophomore, you are eligible to participate in the YMCA of the Triangle Teen Racial Equity Council.

As a member of the Triangle Teen Racial Equity Council, you will be a part of:

  • Building the capacity of teens to be champions for racial equity and inclusion
  • Creating space to have dialogue and respond to community issues facing teens and our communities
  • Lifting up and building a stronger understanding of complex issues; such as racial equity, implicit bias, privilege and more
  • Supporting equity, inclusion and innovation across the Triangle
  • Identifying and developing resources that lead to a more equitable YMCA and community
  • Broadening teen perspectives in order to build empathy and create future leaders with an equity lens
  • Participating in multicultural learning experiences

To become a member of the YMCA of the Triangle Teen Racial Equity Council, you should:

  • Currently, be a junior or senior in high school
  • Be able to attend monthly meetings in the evenings (virtual and in-person)
  • Be able to participate in multicultural learning experiences 2-3 times per year
  • Be a student in good standing at your school
  • Obtain a character reference (in letter form) from a teacher, guidance counselor, school administrator or YMCA supervisor

Teen Racial Equity Council Application

Your Information

Your Name
Your Address

Your School Information

School Address
How Did You Hear About This Opportunity?

Parent/ Guardian Information

Parent/ Guardian Name
Emergency Contact Name

Your Application Questions

Please list the significant community and volunteer activities in which you participated over the last two years. Include your leadership role and the estimated number of hours you participated in each activity. 

What challenges do you see in your community and how do you see yourself addressing those challenges now and in the future?

As you consider the qualities of a successful leader, where do you see your opportunities for personal growth?

How do you define equity and inclusion?

Why do you want to participate in the YMCA of the Triangle Teen Racial Equity Council?

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