We know our young people cannot reach their full potential until ALL people are equally citizens. As we believe that ALL young people need us, it is our commitment that all levels of our Organization from Board of Directors, to our staff members, to our Club members welcome and appreciate the diverse backgrounds of everyone in our Community.
We start with Diversity. Our adult staff, and volunteers are role models to our members, and having a diverse Board and Staff is the first step in modeling a better world for our kids. It is often said, “we cannot be what we cannot see” so it is vital that those in authority at the Clubs are people from every race, religion, sexual identity, economic background, educational level, and social sphere.
Diversity on it’s own means nothing if respect across all lines of communication within the Clubs. Good ideas can come from anyone, and it is vital that we listen to hear to all ideas, and not to respond. Our Clubs need to embody a world of inclusiveness, and we must advertise in word, deed, and action, every day, that we are a safe place for ALL kids. Just as there can be no economic barrier for a child to be a member, there can be, and will be, no barrier due to race, religion, educational attainment, or gender identity to Club membership.
For our kids to reach their full potential, we cannot only be role modeling Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we must be out helping our community more Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive one. Our kids don’t stop being our kids when they leave our doors, and it is important that they see that we are working to make their world a better place.
It is a truism that none can be free until all can be free. It is true that none can be equal, until all can be equal, and for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie to fulfill our mission, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion must be woven into our daily work.