Resources for Youth & Children
Our youth and children are the seeds of a brighter and more just future. Below are several online resources to help you talk to youth about issues of social justice, U.S. racial history, and the current activism around Black Lives Matter.
TEACHING RACIAL JUSTCE & BLack Lives Matter
A fantastic resource by the award winning "Teaching Tolerance", a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The resource is a toolkit for educators to promote discussions in the classroom, including professional development for educators, webinars, film and media kits, and classroom curriculum resources.
A resource from the San Francisco Public Schools (SFUSD). This guide was created in 2014 "to offer teachers resources to teach the BLM movement and the context in which that movement exists. It is by no means prescriptive or exhaustive. It is meant to function as a menu of options and updated when possible."
This online resource for "Teaching A People's History" provides teaching materials based on period, theme, reading level, and/or resource type. Excellent for exploring U.S. racial justice history.
A high school lesson plan from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) . "This high school lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about Black Lives Matter and the activists involved, explore the controversy about using the term “All lives matter,” and posit their point of view in writing to a person of their choice."
60+ Resources To Talk to Kids About Racism (Creative with Kids)
For Parents & Guardians
According to their website, "the primary purpose of Raising Race Conscious Children is to support parents and teachers who are trying to talk about race and diversity with young children. The goal of these conversations is to prepare young people to work toward racial justice. Each post models conversations that are transparent, concrete, and non-judgmental. Many of these conversations are geared specifically toward White people but the strategies discussed may be helpful for all. Additional issues will be addressed that often intersect with race including class, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, etc."