As an organizational member of NJJN and an organization working on youth
justice issues, my organization believes that racism is an inherent part of our
society, systems, and organizations. We also believe that doing our best work
for young people involved in or at-risk of being involved in the juvenile
justice system means that we - as an organization - must purposefully and
intentionally work to combat racism both internally and externally.
Therefore, my organization commits to
engaging in an anti-racist organizational growth process. This process includes
formally committing to working towards becoming an anti-racist organization,
conducting an organizational self-assessment, identifying priority areas of
growth, and completing an annual reflection on our work.
(Note that NJJN's Racial Justice Steering Committee has defined an anti-racist organization as one that actively identifies and counteracts the persistence and impact of racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies, practices, and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably.)
We understand that NJJN will support our efforts by providing
technical assistance, identifying resources, and making connections to other