valo celebrates inclusivity.

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valo's inclusivity statement

The valo circle is open to every race, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, and background.

We at valo believe in the value of being in a state of constant learning. Valo’s beliefs and actions are aligned to cultivate true inclusivity. From our valo circle (including teens, alumni, staff, board, families, community partners) to all facets of programming, we work to bring people together, so that the valo community reflects the diverse composition of America. 

 

This commitment inspires us to be a presence in a wide array of communities, examine our own assumptions, and re-design programs based upon group growth, experiences, and observations. We are committed to cultivating trust, open-heartedly learning about and accepting one another, celebrating difference, and finding common ground. It takes time and dedication to do; we recognize that all of this can be hard work, and that it is important and engaging. We are committed to taking the necessary steps to make it happen. By engaging in this work, we can ignite our sparks of inclusivity and feed the fires of a more connected world.

valo stands with

Black Lives Matter

Valo stands in solidarity with all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We support Black Lives Matter and denounce racism and white supremacy in all forms. Explicit and implicit discrimination has no place in our community or any other.

valo stands with the AAPI community

We at valo recognize that discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) is unfortunately not new in this country, and understand we must do more as a world and nation to abolish bigotry in all forms.

 

As an organization that believes in equity for all, we must show our strength in unity by standing with our AAPI community members to renounce all forms of hate and violence. The urgency has never been greater. Each of us must answer the call to act.

 

Striving for a more inclusive and equitable future is always a work in progress, and as we continue to navigate the shifting social landscape, valo remains steadfast in our commitment to combating racial injustices while taking affirmative measures to engender greater equity among the most marginalized. 

 

We must ensure that the AAPI community is included in our efforts to combat racism in all of its ugly forms. We are called to amplify the diverse experiences of AAPI individuals–like many other communities, theirs is not a monolithic experience, and as such, we must take the time to understand the deep and painful history of discrimination faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.


As an organization, valo will work to ensure that we do not replicate the model minority myth and we will continue to ensure all our spaces honor, respect, and stand with the AAPI community. We are committed to addressing anti-AAPI bias and racial intolerance.

where we're headed

At valo, we have been working to cast a broader net and to make certain that teens of all races have access to our program. We are more committed than ever to this work. As an organization whose staff and teens are primarily white, we commit to educating ourselves about systemic racism in deeper ways and weaving the principles of anti-racism into every aspect of our workplace and our program. We are listening and know we can do better.