HOSA's Commitment to Make a Difference

Producing a vaccine for COVID-19 is of extreme importance but equally important is finding a cure for a 400-year infection called systemic racism.  We are proud to be associated with fellow health professionals who, after long hours of caring for patients battling coronavirus, go to the street to show their support of those protesting for equal opportunity and justice for all -- no more no less.  If the goal of HOSA-Future Health Professionals is saving lives, we understand that life is precious and we should respect, value, and treat each life accordingly.  HOSA-Future Health Professionals is committed to ensuring that all youth are valued and safe, and that the inequitable systems young people face every day are addressed for change to a equity. As a partner of America’s Promise, HOSA-Future Health Professionals raises its voice along side hundreds of other youth serving partners to support the unified statement, “Racial Trauma and Young People – Why We Can’t Stay Silent!”   America's Promise to Make a Difference
 
 

America's Promise to Make a Difference 
 
 

June 01, 2020
 

Like so many others, we were deeply pained by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this past Monday. Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident. Violence against Black Americans, as we’ve seen with the recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others this year alone, is emblematic of the systemic racism that remains in our country. The accumulation of incidents like these, either experienced or witnessed, can have a profound effect on our young people, particularly young people of color. They worry that people in positions of power do not value and respect the worth of each individual and that there’s a real reason to fear for their safety when they go about their daily lives.

As leaders of youth-supporting organizations, we cannot be silent. These acts of violence are manifestations of the inequities and injustices that far too many of our young people encounter on a regular basis. We know that this week’s headlines are a symptom of a larger problem—one that cuts across every aspect of society, including schools and other systems that serve young people and their families. We must continue to address the well-documented psychological and developmental damage that occurs as a result of systemic racism. Decades of research have linked racial trauma experienced by children to chronic stress, inflammation, lower self-esteem, worsened sleep, and even chronic disease. 

This trauma is not lost on young people. In the youth-led Barriers to Wellness report, many young people described racism as a threat to their health and well-being. In particular, young people of color cited feeling overpoliced, undervalued, and unsafe in their own communities. They also indicated a lack of trust in and fear of police, leading to anxiety and avoidance of public places. Our young people cannot learn and thrive if they fear for their own safety and well-being. As adult allies, it is our responsibility to create space for the pain and suffering of so many young people and communities, to actively engage in strategies to help mitigate and prevent racial trauma, and equip adults with the tools to show up as allies, mentors, and supports. 

As leaders of national youth-supporting organizations, we are committed to working hand-in-hand with communities and young people across the country to address these challenges and their root causes. We know that this work takes time and concerted effort. We balance the fierce urgency of now with humility for the persistent challenge that many have fought for so long to address. All of our organizations want to make clear our deep commitment to ensuring young people of color are valued and safe, and that the inequitable systems young people face every day are reimagined and rewired for justice and equity.

 
Afterschool Alliance
After-School All-Stars
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Alliance for Excellent Education
America's Promise Alliance
Aspen Institute - Opportunity Youth Forum
ASPIRA Association
AVID.org
Black Educational Events, LLC
Boys & Girls CLubs of America
Camp Fire
CASEL
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Child Trends
CHOICES Education Group
Citizen Schools
City Year
Civic
Cohen Strategy Group, LLC
College Possible
Communities In Schools
Concentric Educational Solutions, Inc
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Education Northwest
Encore.org
Eye to Eye
FHI 360
First Book
First Focus on Children
First Tee
FoodCorps
Friends of the Children 
Girls Inc.
GLSEN
Healthy Teen Network
Higher Achievement 
Hispanic Heritage Foundation
HOSA-Future Health Professionals
I'm First!
Jobs for the Future
Jumpstart
KABOOM!
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Learning Heroes 
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Mikva Challenge
Mocha Moms, Inc.  
NAF
National 4-H Council
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of State Boards of Education
National Center on Time & Learning
National College Attainment Network
National Partnership for Educational Access
National PTA
National Summer Learning Association
National Youth Leadership Council
ParentChild+
Peace First
Playworks
Points of Light
Q.E.D. Foundation, Inc.
Rural School and Community Trust 
Search Institute 
Share our Strength
SIATech Schools
Springboard Collaborative
Stand for Children 
Story Tapestries, Inc.
Student Alliance for Mental Health Innovation and Action
Susan Glendining PC
The Denver Foundation
The Education Trust
The Forum for Youth Investment
The Steppingstone Foundation
Turnaround for Children
United Way Worldwide
University Research & Review Inc
US Dream Academy
Voices for National Service
WorkingNation
Youth Communication
Youth Service America