For more than 35 years, the National Youth Leadership Council has advocated for youth voice and leadership for all young people from our home state of Minnesota. We advocate for young people to lead change where they see injustice. Therefore, we cannot stand by and not share our outrage at the tragic, gratuitous death of George Floyd this past week in Minneapolis. The system designed to keep people safe and secure is clearly broken when yet another person of color is murdered on our streets.
In his memory, and the memory of so many other African-Americans whose lives have tragically been lost, we will continue to develop and support young people in not only challenging but changing the broken systems that cause harm to us all. We will strengthen our own resolve to continue to develop young people as leaders of today who value and recognize that our differences make us stronger, who respect and appreciate that there are tensions among interests, and who understand that from those tensions that we gain stronger perspectives on issues and can approach them with vulnerability and humility. And, that by embracing our differences we can find a common purpose – to make the world a better place for us all.
Amy Meuers and the NYLC team
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