A message from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Texas.
We are both saddened and outraged about the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of four law enforcement officers. Our thoughts remain with the Floyd family and the deeply impacted community of Minneapolis.
These acts of violence are extreme manifestations of the inequities and injustices that too many of our staff, young people, and their families encounter on a regular basis. We know this week’s headlines are a symptom of a larger problem—one that cuts across every aspect of society, including schools and other systems that serve young people and their families.
As a nation we should expect better, and must do the work of dismantling systemic racism, ultimately ensuring the safety and dignity of all people. The accumulation of incidents like these leaves a lasting mark on young people, especially young people of color. At Boys & Girls Clubs, we believe we have a responsibility to use our positions as supportive adults to help members process the world around them, especially when times are hard.
As an organization, our mission will not waiver. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure all youth, especially those who need us most, reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We believe that #BlackLivesMatter.
These are unprecedented times. The work that we do is so important, now more than ever.
To the young people who are struggling to cope with the happenings of the world- We hear you. We are here for you. Please reach out if you need support. Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Make time to unwind. Connect with others.
To the parents struggling to talk with your kids about these traumatic events, please see the following resource: https://www.bgca.org/news-stories/2019/July/Talking-to-teens-about-traumatic-events
To everyone in our circle: Be Kind. Listen. Speak Up.
Because our kids are watching.
We know that together we can make a difference.