Our Beliefs, Values and Anti-Racist Principles
- We believe that ALL children and youth should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their race, ethnicity, zip code, or family’s income.
- We are committed to transforming the way the District of Columbia invests in children and young people, birth to 24.
- Despite some positive progress over the years, children of color in the District of Columbia - Black and Latinx children, in particular - still face disproportionate barriers to positive education and health outcomes. We believe that, collectively, we can address these historical inequities by building just systems that intentionally provide targeted resources for children living in communities that have faced divestment for decades.
- Our work must be rooted in addressing structural racism and its impact on children, youth, and families.
- A failure to address racist policies that continue to drive racial inequities is also a form of racism.
- To achieve structural justice, we must be part of a larger anti-racist, anti-poverty movement and practice, and apply these values inside our organization and externally with key partners and coalition members.
- Racial, economic, gender, disability, generational, institutional, and professional diversity strengthens our work.
- Those most directly affected by racial and economic inequity must be the architects of our work.
- A strengths-based approach honors the knowledge and skills of our communities.