Equity Statement

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Our mission is to provide a safe and supportive place where youth connect, learn, and grow during their out of school hours. We understand that to do this work, equity, diversity, and inclusion must be woven into the very fabric of our organization. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in our Organization and Services
Our mission is best executed when we reflect the diversity of our students’ cultures, economics, experiences and identities in our staff, board, volunteers, and guests. Our organization is committed to providing equitable treatment, access, and opportunity. 

We believe that every individual should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Aspen Youth Center is inclusive of all individuals regardless of race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, immigration status, or other classification. 

Shared Voice
We believe in listening to a diversity of voices. We involve youth in decision making because it develops leadership skills and allows our program to be more responsive to their needs. Youth voice and choice matter.

Learning and Accountability
We will continue to provide education and training for our staff and board that challenges and expands our understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and increases our capacity for self-reflection and self-critique. We will review our progress regularly and take ownership of our mistakes. We acknowledge that we are accountable for addressing unconscious bias and dismantling systems of prejudice that exist within ourselves, our work in the youth sector, our organization, and our communities.

An inclusive workplace welcomes and supports people with all kinds of differences and is a place where employees feel comfortable asking for what they need. An inclusive workplace understands that people have different ways of processing information, interacting with others and achieving goals.


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