Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We recognize that creating an inclusive and welcoming environment is essential to empowering young people to reach a future beyond imagination. Recognizing that our organization sets an example for the youth we serve, we want them to know that they are valued just as they are.
We are committed to building a culture of belonging that respects and values the unique contributions of every individual, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or any other characteristic. It is the unique perspectives, experiences and backgrounds of all individuals that enrich each of us, every day.
We are dedicated to fostering a workplace culture that promotes DEI through:
Recruiting and retaining a diverse staff that reflects the communities we serve.
Providing training and education for our staff to develop their DEI competencies.
Ensuring that all of our programs and services are accessible and equitable for everyone.
Encouraging open dialogue and communication among our staff, participants, and stakeholders to build understanding and respect.
Supporting employee resource groups that promote DEI initiatives and provide a safe space for underrepresented staff to connect.
Collecting and analyzing data to evaluate our progress towards our DEI goals and identify areas for improvement.
Partnering with community organizations and stakeholders to ensure that we are responsive to the needs of our participants and the communities we serve.
We recognize that promoting DEI is an ongoing process that requires continuous effort and commitment. We are dedicated to being intentional and proactive in our efforts to create an inclusive and equitable workplace culture and to build programs that support the success of all young people.
Coffee With a Purpose:
Advancing DEI Through Conversations
We recognize that creating an inclusive and welcoming environment is essential to empowering our young people. “Coffee with a Purpose” was created to broadcast virtual conversations with youth from across the state, offering a platform to explore a range of meaningful topics, crucial to the success of their future.
Our recent 3- Part series of Coffee with a Purpose - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and YOUth gave youth an opportunity to discuss how it directly affects our youth today and how it is shaping their hopes for the future. Over the course of nine months, we were able to have these three live sessions at the Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan in Benton Harbor, Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College in Marquette Michigan in the Upper Peninsula, and finally at Pershing High School in Detroit.
If you missed these impactful conversations, watch the recordings below:
Part 1: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and YOUth
February 16, 2023
Part 2: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and YOUth
May 16, 2023
Part 3: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and YOUth
October 4, 2023