See Kids Dream believes that Black lives matter and proudly stands with members of our Black and Brown communities.
Our promise is to be intentional in the fight against racism and ensure our programs empower kids to create a world where equality, freedom and compassion are a reality. We are grateful for the community partners, educators and individuals who continue to take action and move toward a world where systemic racism, injustice and suffering are no longer tolerated. See Kids Dream staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers are committed to becoming educated about inequalities, engaging with others about this issue, sharing resources for children, and encouraging people to take action against racism.
From the very first time we entered schools 12 years ago, See Kids Dream has witnessed youth-led discussions on inequality. We cannot ignore the fact that our youth are growing up in a society that has bred such inequality through its history and systems toward Black, Brown, and other People of Color, and we are committed to working toward a community where all are valued and welcomed. We strive to fight inequality by empowering all children with the tools of empathy, civic engagement, and leadership skills.
How is See Kids Dream working toward a more equitable community?
Service learning provides kids with the knowledge, the tools, and the opportunities they need to become compassionate and engaged community members. But service is not accessible to all. That is why See Kids Dream programs are offered at no cost to schools. Through schools, we’re able to reach all youth to make sure they have the opportunity to serve others and lead the change they want to see. We also rarely talk about the dollars donated by students. This is because our larger goal is leadership skills. When all students have access to leadership opportunities, we can make sure that those facing systemic inequalities can have a leading voice in the solution.
Finally, we hold our Leaders of Tomorrow Showcase to bring together over 700 student leaders participating in See Kids Dream’s programs each year. Student leaders from a wide range of backgrounds see each other face to face and dispel falsehoods of prejudicial thinking. They are able to observe and celebrate differences while also working together on their shared commonality: serving their community.
We believe that when kids are given the freedom to recognize and discuss community issues, and are offered the opportunity to develop leadership skills, that they can truly make a difference and make the world a better place.