YouthOnRace is dedicated to establishing the means by which parents, educators, students, and youth organizations can increase understanding and improve relations across race and ethnicity. This can be done in the convenient and safe environment at home, at school, or a youth organizations through easy access to online resources and forums, thereby enabling broader and sustained dialogues, both face-to-face and online.
The subject of race has managed to escape sustained and informed public dialogue. Too often, it is a taboo subject to be avoided as we go about our daily lives—where it is most needed. We somehow are fine with the subject of race being ignored or only addressed when some blatant and ugly incident makes it unavoidable and calls into question—at the moment—our own sense of decency if we choose to remain silent. Drawing on the scholarship of a number of fields in the humanities, including but not limited to sociology, multiculturalism, race and ethnicity, diversity, social justice, communications, and history, a robust interactive web pavilion, with distinct departments and features can effectively address matters of race, ethnicity and culture from different angles. A comprehensive approach, which mirrors life’s experiences, will allow a diverse audience to address issues in different ways, accessing resources or topics according to their level of comfort or interest.
Our goal is to establish the means to have broader and sustained dialogues on race for youth and adults. The Youth on Race Web Pavilion, through readily available resources and other interactive technology can do just that.
We are uniquely qualified to develop a website targeted for youth with an online magazine and other features to address race because we have successfully developed the companion site, USAonRace.com. USAonRace.com has been dedicated to increasing understanding across race and ethnicity, at the national level, since 2008.
The YouthOnRace Web Pavilion will provide resources, research, digital media, and interactive dialogues and forums that youth and adults can access at their convenience in the privacy of their homes as individuals or as part of groups in public settings (face-to-face and online). The website will be the mainstay, the “gathering place” to foster an ongoing conversation and to complement intermittent special events, programs, workshops, and other productions.
Online Structured Dialogues and Forums
Structured dialogues and forums will be designed to capture the interest of youth. The dialogues and forums will address scholarly findings, historical, and current events to enrich understanding. They will create a unique opportunity for people to engage in meaningful, heartfelt conversations about a topic that is often painful and shunned. The purpose of the dialogues is to create a safe space in which people can explore their own unexamined beliefs, tell their stories and learn from others.
YouthOnRace will also provide:
- Annual subscriptions to individuals, schools and organizations, which will allow students, teachers and concerned citizens access to and reproduction of the articles, resources and digital media provided on the web pavilion; and
- Consultation to hosts dialogues, forums and other event support to improve understanding and relations around race and ethnicity
Contact: Janice S. Ellis, M.A., Ph.D.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
(816) 931-2900 ~