Resources to Advance Equity, Talk to Youth About Race and Address Racism

As youth development professionals, it’s important that we work to understand and address hate and bias. In doing so, we need to be prepared to have discussions about racism, create safe spaces for the youth we serve and promote equity in programming. Below are a few resources we find helpful and want to pass along to you.

*This list is not exhaustive but is intended to be a starting point for youth development professionals, educators, parents and other adults who regularly interact with youth.




Resources to Shape Youth Development Programming


Lesson Plans and Resources for Educators

  • Teaching Tolerance has lesson plans youth development professionals can use to promote social justice, challenge bias and engage students in discussions about diversity.
  • Anti-Defamation League offers lesson plans that can be filtered by age and topic for classroom and online learning to promote critical thinking and learning around historical and current events through the lens of diversity, bias and social justice.
  • Educate to Liberate: Build an Anti-Racist Classroom by Edutopia provides steps educators can take toward building an anti-racist classroom.


Having Conversations With Youth


Building Your Library


Additional Resources

  • Being Antiracist is a page from National Museum of African American History & Culture that has many great resources including defining racism, explaining how structural racism is perpetuated and showing what anitracism looks like on personal, interpersonal and institutional levels.
  • Anti-Racist Resources from Greater Good is a fantastic resource from The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley for exploring our potential to reduce prejudice in society and in ourselves. This list contains a wealth of information such as the roots of racism, overcoming bias, confronting racism and more.
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