Resources You Can Use
Talking about racism and other difficult topics with youth:
● Talking About Race: A resource for parents, caregivers, and educators from Smithsonian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
● Talking Race with Youth Children: A 20-minute podcast from Life Kit, a partnership between Sesame Street and NPR.
● Table Talk: Family Conversations about Current Events: Anti-Defamation League
● Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop: A discussion for parents facilitated by Common Sense Media.
● Talking to Youth About Racism and Violence: List of educational resources from Sprockets.
Books for youth and families:
● Wee Read Diverse Books: Picture books for youth feature youth of color, diverse characters, or storylines about identity and experiences.
● Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: A Common Sense Media list of books for youth ages 2-13+ that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture, history, stories, and universal human values.
● Books featuring Native American Youth: A Common Sense Media list of books for youth ages 2-13+ that demonstrate an appreciation of Native American culture, history, and stories.
● Books featuring Latino Youth: A Common Sense Media list of books for youth ages 2-13+ that reflect the Latino experience in various national and cultural contexts.
● “These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids”: New York Times
● White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism: Robin Diangelo
● Privilege, Power, and Difference. By Allan Johnson
Other related resources:
● National 4-H Council Equity Toolkit: Resources on topics related to diversity, inclusion, and equity to support learning, celebrate belonging, and create access.
● eXtension’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion site: A professional development offering of the eXtension Foundation Impact Collaborative; a resource primarily designed for 4-H staff but full of resources and lesson plans which are available to all.
● EmbraceRace: A non-profit dedicated to helping parents, educators, and other adults in the lives of children to raise children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race–to raise children to become the adults that a thriving, multiracial democracy needs.
● WA State 4-H Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources: A list of resources regarding equity and inclusion, immigrants and new Americans, LGBTQ+ youth, race and ethnicity, religion, special needs, and socioeconomics.
● National 4-H Strategic Plan: An outline of the guiding principles and committed to access, equity, and belonging as the base of all 4-H strategies.
● Snohomish County 4-H Strategic Plan: Outline of strategies for Snohomish County 4-H, including goals focused on diversity and inclusion education, training, and improvements.
Race and COVID-19
“Racial Health Inequities: The COVID-19 Disaster Was Decades in the Making”
(Dr. Heather Orom, PhD, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.)