As February unfolds, Western Youth Services (WYS) is proud to commemorate Black History Month, a time dedicated to honoring the achievements, contributions, and rich history of African Americans. This month serves as an opportunity for reflection, education, and a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our organization.
Black History Month Facts:
Understanding the historical context of Black History Month is essential in appreciating the significance of this observance. The month-long celebration originated from the efforts of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who initiated Negro History Week in 1926. It later evolved into Black History Month in 1976. The theme for Black History Month 2024 is African Americans and the Arts – celebrating the lived experiences and paramount influence that Black Americans have had on the visual and performing arts, language, film, culinary, music, along with many other forms of cultural expression and movements. WYS encourages its community to delve into the rich tapestry of African American history, learning about prominent figures, events, and achievements that have shaped our nation.
WYS stands firm in its commitment to fostering an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and promotes equity. We believe that by recognizing and honoring the contributions of the Black community, we contribute to a more cohesive and understanding society. At WYS, we recognize the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive environment that celebrates the unique backgrounds and experiences of our staff and clients. Black History Month provides a focal point to amplify our ongoing efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion. Our organization is committed to embracing differences and ensuring that everyone feels valued and respected.
In the spirit of equity, WYS is dedicated to addressing disparities and fostering a fair and just community. Black History Month is a catalyst for us to assess and enhance our equity initiatives, ensuring that opportunities, resources, and support are accessible to all, regardless of race or ethnicity. We aim to create a level playing field where everyone has the chance to thrive. This Black History Month, we reaffirm our dedication to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As we celebrate Black History Month, let us reflect on the strides we have made in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion at Western Youth Services. By engaging in meaningful conversations, embracing our differences, and amplifying the voices of the Black community, we can continue to create a positive and equitable environment for all.
Join us in commemorating Black History Month and standing together in our commitment to building a more inclusive and just society. For further information and education, we encourage you to explore these additional articles:
- African American Heritage: https://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans
- Celebrating Black History Month: https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/initiatives/black-history-month-2024
- History of Black History Month: https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month
If your child or a young loved one is struggling with a mental health concern, we encourage you to reach out to a mental health professional or to contact an Access Coordinator at Western Youth Services by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling us toll-free at 888-312-0406.
Orange County, State and National resources can be found on our site here: https://www.westernyouthservices.org/resources/.