With the recent verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial, we at Kids Creative are celebrating this moment of accountability and looking for ways to make sure this change sticks. As we continue the work of giving our students the tools to advocate for change like this, we've also put together a toolkit for those looking for extra support at this time. It's important that we move forward with intention, finding ways to build up our community into one that truly feels safe and just for all, while also taking care of each other along the way.
Resources for Children
- Talking to Children about Race & Racism
- 10 Tips for Teaching and Talking about Race: EmbraceRace is a multiracial community dedicated to sharing and developing best practices for raising and caring for kids, all kids, in the context of race
- Talking to Very Young Children about Race
- Kids Creative Staff Care: You can gain access to the Employee Assistance offered through ENI in your Paychex account in the Documents section
- Family-Care, Community-Care and Self-Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma: The Association of Black Psychologists produced this extensive guide of ways to promote healing in individuals, families, and communities.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The Minnesota chapter of NAMI has created a listing of resources for individuals feeling stressed during the Chauvin trial.
- Racial Stress and Self-care for Parents: The American Psychological Association’s Racial and Ethnic Socialization (RES) process helps parents “influence children's racial identity and self-concept, beliefs about the way the world works, and repertoire of strategies and skills for coping with and navigating racism and inter- and intra-racial relationships and interactions.”
- Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center: The DDNRC’s resources provide tools to engage in difficult conversations in classroom and other settings.
- Living Room Conversations: Provide a simple guide to begin to engage in conversations across topics of conversation such as race, nationality, gender, age, and more.
- Talking About Race: The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking About Race guide may be helpful in preparing to navigate discussions about race and racism.