June 23, 2020 | Comments Off on A Letter From The CEO
“Alexander Youth Network and its affiliates stand against systemic bias, racism, and unequal treatment. As an organization deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, we stand against the legacy of systemic bias, racism, and unequal treatment that continues to plague our communities.”
The events of the past two weeks have created a need for self-expression, empathy, understanding, and patience during such an emotional time. Like many people, I have a tendency to mask my feelings, push through, and keep working. Now is a time for us to feel—for ourselves and others.
Seeing the TV coverage recently has triggered memories of watching the events of 1968 and the fear I felt as a child that our country was breaking apart. I remember the day I heard Martin Luther King, Jr. had been shot, seeing those images, and then hearing Robert F. Kennedy’s profound and empathic words in the aftermath. And, shortly thereafter, I watched as Kennedy was also shot and killed.
There can be no tolerance for racism, hatred, and violence. I, as well as others, must do a better job of calling it out and taking an active stand against it. And, I will need the continued help of my friends and colleagues to help me see and correct my blind spots and inadvertent contributions to the curse of institutional racism.
Alexander Youth Network teaches children and families to constructively manage their feelings and behavior. It’s about understanding and listening to “What Happened to You” in an empathic, non-judgmental way and then finding a way to heal from trauma. I’m sure our clients are brimming over with post-traumatic reactions right now, and I know our staff are.
Please be patient with one another as we make our way from here. Try not to mask those feelings and let’s give ourselves the same latitude we offer to our kids.
Craig Bass, ACSW
Chief Executive Officer