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Youth of color benefit greatly from having strong adults of color as role models, and communities benefit immensely when the people who make decisions about funding and policies reflect the communities they serve. While those working on the front lines of California’s out-of-school time programs mostly mirror the young people participating, disparities exist in executive leadership, policy creation and board positions. There are a number of possible reasons for this, from institutional racism to cultural barriers to advancement.
89% of children and youth in out-of-school time programs in CA are young people of color
California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division (2017)
Yet less than 20% of those in executive leadership and board positions look like them
Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap (2017)