How to Plan and Implement an Anti-Racist Service Project

Posted by Youth Service America on November 10, 2020

Once again, we are seeing the deadly effects of systemic racism in our country, as well as the social and economic inequities exposed and made worse by the health and economic crises caused by COVID-19.  Youth service has never been more important – we need all young people to find their voice, take action, and solve problems facing their communities.

At the same, service projects should never act as a band-aid covering up deeper issues of systemic inequities and institutionalized racism.  As youth lead substantive service projects, they learn empathy, question assumptions, examine root causes of problems, and gain problem-solving skills to create the difficult but vital changes that our society needs so badly.

Since service projects are interventions to address a community’s most pressing problems, every service project can and should be an anti-racist service project.  It won’t happen automatically though – intentional thought and planning on the part of project organizers is necessary.

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