We recognize the inter-generational trauma of those we intend to serve, and we make the following commitments to "do no harm."
Our understanding of environmental justice is based on the Principles of Environmental Justice as established by delegates at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24–27, 1991.
Our vision of youth leadership in environmental justice derives from the Principles of the Youth Environmental Justice Movement and the overview of Youth Leadership in the Environmental Justice Movement, as established by youth delegates at the Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington, DC on October 26, 2002.
Our commitment to an equitable and inclusive environment is influenced by the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing drafted at the December 1996 meeting hosted by Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice in Jemez, New Mexico.
Our commitment to creating a space for youth, by youth is based on the Youth-to-Youth and Youth-to-Adult Principles of Collaboration, drafted by youth delegates at the Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION STATEMENT.
We are a diverse group of people who understand that advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) both internally and externally is central to working against environmental racism and toward environmental justice. We are working to adopt a DEI action plan. Our understanding of DEI is as follows:
Diversity: We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in many forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status and political perspective.
Equity: We commit to strive for effective opportunities for all persons seeking to participate in our project. We recognize that there are historically under-served and under-represented populations and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.
Inclusion: We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our project is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on this project and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.
We firmly condemn racism in all of its forms. YoR is working to develop a meaningful anti-racism statement and action plan.
Our fiscal sponsor’s physical office sits on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded land of the Chumash, Fernandeño Tataviam, Kizh, Micqanaqa’n, and Tongva. We recognize that we benefit from the use and occupation of this land and have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible our project's relationship to Indigenous peoples. By offering this land acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold our project and fiscal sponsor accountable to the needs of Indigenous peoples. This acknowledgement is a commitment to ongoing learning, allyship, and amplification of the voices of Indigenous peoples. To learn more about the original peoples of Los Angeles County and California, refer to Native-Land.ca, a website run by the Indigenous-led nonprofit organization Native Land Digital.