From speaking with policymakers to leading school assemblies, this month we saw youth from across our Best Starts for Kids community coming together to celebrate Black History Month and raise their voices to be heard over the politics of adults. We’re proud of our young people for speaking their truths, and proud to be building a community where young people are valued, respected, and engaged as leaders of today. Check out the photo galleries below for highlights from a few of our trauma-informed and restorative practices partners’ Black History Month celebrations. These partners focus on addressing trauma from a strengths-based approach that uplifts youth voices and builds self-confidence.
NAACP Youth Action Coalition members speaking at the Seattle School Board meeting as part of Black Lives Matter at School Week:
Inspirational Workshops’ Trailblazers students leading the first ever Black History Month assembly at Washington Middle School:
Students from GEM EmpowerMentoring’s school-based programs learning and celebrating Black history with each other: