The YouthCharge Race/Equity Board A is comprised of high school-aged youth from around the Denver/Boulder metro areas. They are raising money to support youth-serving organizations that meet at least one of the following needs in Colorado:
Racial Equity and Justice for the Black & African American Communities
The YouthCharge Race/Equity A Board wants to fund organizations working on this issue because recent events throughout the United States, including in Colorado, have exhibited racial and ethnic injustices among all races, especially against the black and African American communities. Recent examples of police brutality have led to growing unrest and desire for change. The Black Lives Matter movement gained global attention with between 15 and 26 million participants, making it the largest movement in modern US history. Elijah McClain's murder in Aurora, Colorado has brought to light the fact that racial inequities happen everywhere, even within our own communities.
Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Education
The YouthCharge Race/Equity A Board wants to fund organizations that reduce racial & ethnic disparities in education. It’s easy to assume a person’s underperformance might be because of their intelligence, culture, or a lack of effort. However, it can often be a function of their unequal access to key educational resources. According to EdBuild, government funding to schools in the non-white sector is $23 billion lower than funding to majority white schools, causing an unequal distribution of resources and skilled teachers. Students may be forced to sacrifice their educational success simply because they can not afford expensive study materials. Students of different ethnicities and races may also face discrimination from their teachers and classmates because of the way that they look and their beliefs. This in turn can deeply affect their mental health and cause them to underperform or feel discouraged.
To learn more about the YouthCharge program, please visit: https://youthroots.org/youthcharge/
Donations sent through GoFundMe Charity will be sent to YouthRoots, who will then distribute 100% of the funds to the board's chosen winning nonprofits at the end of the program in February 2021.