In August 2017, ACT Rochester, an initiative of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, released “Hard Facts: Race and Ethnicity in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area” documenting “racial gaps [that] are stark and striking,” including:
The report concludes “these ‘Hard Facts’ should make it impossible for anyone to ignore the profound entrenchment of structural racism throughout our region.”
To better children’s lives, racial equity and inclusion is woven in as major driver of everything we do at The Children’s Agenda, from our mission statement and strategic plan to our issue commitments like Raise the Age and bilingual education, from our policy analyses of the disproportionate impact of school climate on children or color, to our staff and Board composition. The Children’s Agenda prioritizes racial equity and inclusion both within our organization and through our advocacy and partnerships to create a future free of structural racism, inequality and exclusion.
Support the Governor’s proposed $200 M for full implementation of the policy raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. The state must follow through on its commitment to reimburse localities for all expenses related to Raise the Age.