YWCA Program Fosters Inclusivity in Boulder Schools

December 6, 2016

After witnessing the recent nation-wide divisiveness, YWCA Boulder County finds our anti-discrimination program, Reading to End Racism, more relevant than ever. The news has been flooded with reports of discrimination, bullying, and violence across the country and we feel our mandate to bring our community together to promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all is especially applicable to these times of change and transition.

Reading to End Racism brings volunteer readers into K-8 classrooms to read stories focused on discrimination and bullying. Readers facilitate discussions and activities to empower students to work to put an end to racism, prejudice, and bullying in their own communities.

“More than three years ago, YWCA Boulder County adopted the program Reading to End Racism because we felt it was a critical component in fighting hate, bigotry, and division in our community,” said Amanda Piper, YWCA Boulder County CEO.

“Instead of demonizing those with differing opinions, YWCA invites to you to join us in proactively supporting an inclusive community in our city, county, state, country, and world,” said Piper.

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and girls, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen our community, and together, we can educate the next generation.

Since Reading to End Racism has been a program of YWCA it has continued to rapidly expand the number of students served. In 2015, Reading to End Racism volunteers read to more than 3,000 children throughout our community. We believe a more inclusive and understanding community can be created by encouraging students to discuss racism and discrimination in a safe atmosphere. Long-term program goals include growth in to St. Vrain Valley School District.

“You would be absolutely amazed how smart, insightful, kind, and caring a seven-year-old can be.  It warms your heart and gives you hope for the world,” said Bob Yates, Boulder City Councilman and Reading to End Racism volunteer. “I can honestly say that volunteering as a Reading to End Racism reader is the most fulfilling volunteer work I have ever undertaken.  If you think that you might have time to read to an elementary school class a few times a year, I would encourage you to consider volunteering as a Reading to End Racism reader.”

YWCA Boulder County offers monthly volunteer trainings and Reading to End Racism breakfasts where volunteers and community members take part in a lecture and discussion about current events. If you are interested in finding out more about the program, please contact rer@ywcaboulder.org or visit ywcaboulder.org.