As we close out Black History Month and look ahead to Women’s History Month, we’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate the amazing group of female leaders we have on staff at RE. We’re proud to say that our leadership team is comprised entirely of Black women. This is not an accident.
When you’re working with marginalized youth, it is critical that you provide them with the means to envision success. Many of them come to us with internal scripts that read:
In addition to equipping our students with the skills they need to succeed, much of our programming is also focused on creative exercises, career speakers, job site visits, and other activities designed to help students envision what success for them might look like. But that vision doesn’t begin with our programming. It starts the moment they set foot inside our office.
Understanding and Compassion
At RE, so much of our service model is about recognizing what our students are capable of and holding them accountable, but it’s important that we always ground those expectations in understanding and compassion. Our model works because we meet students and families where they are.
Ultimately, the scripts that students arrive with aren’t important, because, together, we’re writing a whole new narrative. Thank you to the incredible women who make it possible.