The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest is committed to being anti-racist and supporting marginalized communities who are disproportionally affected by the systematic issues that impact our community each and every day.

 

Racial Equity Action Plan 

Since June of 2020, the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest staff and Board of Directors have been developing a working plan to address systemic racism and discrimination.  We are pleased to share this plan with the community.

To download a pdf version of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest’s Racial Equity Action plan click here click here 

 

Breaking Down the Barriers 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest mission is to “inspire all youth, especially those who need us the most, to become productive caring and responsible citizens.”

The Club is committed to equity and justice and in denouncing racism, intolerance, and exclusion.  We believe that embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion as organizational values is a way to intentionally make space for positive outcomes to flourish.

As a leading youth development organization, we work to create the next generation of great citizens.  The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically marginalized, underserved and underrepresented populations.  We believe all young people should be afforded the guarantee of fair treatment, access and opportunity.  Our mission compels us to support youth in reaching their full potential, which includes identifying and helping to eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation and advancement of some, particularly Black, Brown, Indigenous and other persons of color.

 

Pledge to our Youth

The staff and Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest feel that in order to truly become an anti-racist organization, and help work towards and anti-racist society, we must first make a commitment to the youth we serve.

Read the Pledge to our Youth here

The Clubs have put out a statement regarding our position on racism in the community, and racism as a whole. You can find that statement linked here:

June 5, 2020 – Statement from President & CEO Chris Duane on racism in our community, and the Club’s plan to combat racism.

We are determined to support racial equity through concrete actions steps, and one of those steps includes communication and education around the impact racism and social injustice have on young people and their families. This page includes resources tho help acknowledge and educate others on the problem of systematic racism in our society, to help talk with young people about racism, and provide mental health and other support to BIPOC kids and teens. Our intent is to both educate and hold ourselves accountable to these actions, and be a resource for community members looking to do the same.

 

Resources About Racism  

Helpful Articles – Supporting/talking with kids about racism