Wyman’s Commitment to Anti-Racism
We as Wyman are outraged by the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and countless others. These individuals are only some of the most recent lives lost in our country to the plagues of racism and white supremacy – plagues that threaten the lives of the majority of the teens we serve. It is our responsibility to stand up, to speak up, and to take action.
Let us be clear: Black Lives Matter. The lives of the teens we serve MATTER. The lives of their families MATTER. The lives of our colleagues MATTER. The lives of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless others before them, MATTER.
The vision of Wyman is to work for a day when all young people in America will thrive in learning, work, and life. We will not see that day until we dismantle systemic racism. Our mission calls us to work for racial equity, commit to anti-racism, and confront all inequities facing our teens and colleagues.
When we join the call that Black Lives Matter, we commit to action. Being anti-racist is a journey that requires humility, reflection, and resolve. Here is what you can expect from us, and hold us accountable for:
- A Culture of Accountability and Visibility. You can expect Wyman to show up in advocating for equity, for antiracism, and against white supremacy. You will hear us connect that advocacy to the work we do: Caring for the social-emotional needs of teens, developing youth voice and leadership, creating connectedness for teens and supportive adults, and ensuring access to opportunity for all in a just society. We will keep communicating and make our learning visible and our advocacy clear.
- A Culture of Trying. In the Forward through Ferguson report, leaders called for a “culture of trying.” This requires courage, compassion, and fortitude. We will be uncomfortable and make mistakes, because if we are not uncomfortable, we are not doing enough. We will not allow fear to override our focus on becoming an anti-racist organization.
- A Culture of Learning. We commit to developing ourselves individually, and our organization as whole, as anti-racist. We will incorporate what we learn into our daily actions, as well as our organizational work and programs. We will transfer our learning to other matters of equity, and share it through the programs we provide.
- A Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We will analyze our structure, hiring, and employment practices and intently focus on ensuring our organization establishes a culture that attracts and keeps people of color, specifically black men.
Our work cannot stop until this nation is worthy of its children.