Racial Equity

Welcome to the Network’s Racial Equity page. Here you will be able to access up to date articles, helpful websites, and other resources that can be utilized inside and outside of afterschool programs. This page will be updated on a regular basis, so make sure to check in for new resources.

We Stand With You: A letter from our Executive Director, Kelly Sturgis

“Dear partners and friends,

As youth workers, children look up to us to teach them right from wrong.

The death—the murder—of George Floyd is wrong. Our country’s unrelenting, inequitable treatment of people of color is wrong. The systemic racism imbedded in our society is simply wrong.

In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Right now, everywhere the youth of New York look, they see injustice.

Many of these children already sense that the deck is stacked against them. Make sure that when in your care, every child knows that they are safe and that their voice will be heard.

As you plan your upcoming programming, I encourage you to embrace a holistic approach that includes trauma-informed practices as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. On our DEI resource page, we also include a list of books that help facilitate conversations about race and justice with children of all ages. Share this list with parents and caregivers to encourage the continuation of these discussions at home. Discuss these resources among your staff and colleagues to better understand individual experiences, educate about the history of racial injustice in our country, and act together in solidarity.

These are not easy conversations. But they are critical. The Network always stands with you, our essential youth workers, and we are here to support your work as we once again navigate our collective grief.

In solidarity,

Kelly Sturgis and the New York State Network for Youth Success Team”

New York State Equity Report

NAA is now elevating the importance of building a diverse leadership pipeline through the launch of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) in spring 2020, with grant support from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and in partnership with the California SchoolAge Consortium (CalSAC) and Development Without Limits (DWL). NAA also engaged Policy Studies Associates (PSA) and Public Profit as learning and research partners.

In January NAA released a report on equity across New York state. This report was researched and authored by PSA and leverages interview and survey data from Public Profit, results from a collaborative effort intended to frame efforts to embrace, support, and retain afterschool leaders of color.

Check out the full report by clicking on the link here.


Companies Have Promised $35 Billion Toward Racial Equity. Where Is the Money Going?

See how companies who pledged funds to bolster their racial equity practices are using said funds in this Wall Street Journal article. Click here.

(Audio) Can We Talk? Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism

Safe Space Radio Provides you with an hour long podcast featuring voices of many experts and parents who share their experiences for how to talk to kids about racism. Click here.

(Book) Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America

In this book Dr. Jennifer Harvey speaks on “Raising White Kids offers age-appropriate insights for teaching children how to address racism when they encounter it…” Click here.

Browse the accordion below for additional resources.


  • Companies Have Promised $35 Billion Towards Racial Equity. Where is the Money Going? Click here.
  • George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our Children?
    • This article published in USA Today on May 31, 2020 was written by Alia E. Dastagir. Click here.
  • Equity and Inclusion: An Action Agenda for Youth Development Professionals
    • This article by Jennifer Siaca Curry appears in Afterschool Matters. Click here.
  • How to talk to kids about race, privilege amid George Floyd protests
    • Good Morning America’s story from June 1, 2020, written by Katie Kindelan & Sarah Lang. Click here.
  • Equity and Inclusion: An Action Agenda for Youth Development Professionals
    • This aarticle by Jennifer Siaca Curry appears in Afterschool Matters. Click here.

Other Resources

  • How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism
    • Parent Toolkit provides answers here.
  • Talking to Kids about Discrimination
    • Learn more from the American Psychological Association here.
  • Talking to Kids About Racism and Justice: A List for Parents, Caregivers & Educators
    • Find a variety of resources on how to discuss racism and justice with kids of all ages. Find books for children from toddlers to 7th and up. This site also features impactful articles, videos, and websites to ensure that you have as much information as possible on this important and difficult topic.  Click here to learn more!
  • Changemakers! Practitioners Advance Equity and Access in Out-of-School Time Programs
    • This book, edited by Sara Hill and Femi Vance, is part of a series Current Issues in Out-of-School Time.
  • To Elevate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Go Deeper Into Your Quality Standards
    • This Afterschool Snack blog from the Afterschool Alliance is focused on afterschool programs.
  • Anti-Racisim Resources
    • This list was put together by Indvisible.
  • Anguish and Action
    • list of resources shared by the Obama Foundation.