Equity Resources

Celebrating Black History Month

In honor of all equity work happening throughout this country, we must do our part to understand the weight of the racial injustice occurring currently, and throughout history. In recognition of Black History Month, NPR has released a compilation of resources ranging from podcasts about Black visionaries to trivia night on pop culture – Check it out HERE.
Additional educational resources can be found through other national partnersA Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching the Colonization of the Americas, and Black Lives Matter at School, or read OregonASK’s own Letter on Equity from just last year.

Access & Equity Advisory Group

In our continuing effort to to provide equitable access to afterschool programs for all youth, OregonASK has convened an advisory group that will review tools and resources over the next few months with the goal of sharing them widely with programs.

Here are a few helpful resources for programs looking for a place to start:

If you would like to learn more about OregonASK’s efforts or to join future meetings, please contact juan.soto@oregonask.org

Working Together for Equity in Expanded Learning

As an organization that works to serve historically underserved communities, we want to ensure that we present quality materials that embody the cultural responsive and equitable practices. Listed below are 5 new Summer Guides that were developed to help engage youth with supportive adults in a range of settings developed by the Georgia State Afterschool Network  (GSAN) and the 50 State Network.

Summer Activity Guides:

Understanding Juneteenth

Juneteenth (June 19th) was first celebrated in 1865 in Galveston, Texas when enslaved Black-Americans learned of the abolition of slavery through the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed nearly two and a half years before in 1863. Juneteenth commemorates Black-American freedom and highlights accomplishments and education. Observations range from small gatherings to community-wide events and parades. In Oregon, the Juneteenth Celebration was founded by community leader Clara Peoples, in 1945. See photos and videos of 2020’s 155th Juneteenth celebration on Facebook and Instagram.