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.
Children deserve a future free of structural racism, inequity and exclusion, but our systems are rife with racial disparities in heath, education, wealth and success
The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.