Changing the Rules of the Game: Youth Development & Structural Racism

by Julie Quiroz-Martinez; Lori Villarosa; Daniel HoSang

Apr 25, 2005

With support of the Ford Foundation, the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) and mosaic consulting embarked on an 18-month study into the ways select community organizations engage youth in confronting structural racism. For this report we use the definition of structural racism developed by the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change1 : "The history, public policies, institutional practices, and cultural stereotypes and norms that together maintain racial hierarchies and inequitable racial group outcomes." Four primary research questions animated this project: 1. How do youth development organizations conceptualize and approach structural racism in their work? 2. Are there commonalities across these definitions and approaches? 3. What challenges do they face? 4. What can we learn from them?

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