The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is committed to being anti-racist and supporting marginalized communities who are disproportionally affected by the systematic issues that impact our community each and every day.
Equity Action Plan
In June of 2020, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell staff and Board of Directors developed an ongoing plan to address systemic racism and discrimination. The full plan can be found below.
- Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell’s Equity Action plan – PDF Version
- Equity Action plan – Slideshow
In April 2022, the Club released a public update on the progress that has made against the goals laid out in the Equity Action Plan.
For a version of the Equity Action Plan Update that is compatible with a screen reader, please visit https://lbgc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Equity-Action-Plan-2022-Update-Site-Impaired-1.pdf
Click here to see examples of new policies and resources created as part of the equity plan.
Pledge to our Youth
The staff and Board of Directors and Trustees at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell feel that in order to truly become an anti-racist organization and help work towards an anti-racist society, we must first make a commitment to the young people we serve, 90% or more of whom identify as people of color. By publicly declaring this Pledge to our Youth, it is our goal that everyone who interacts with the Club understands that we will put the safety of our members at the forefront, and are willing to challenge the systems that have created the public health crisis that is racism. As one way to keep this Pledge top of mind, all staff members and Directors who join the BGCGL team will sign this document during their initial onboarding period.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Resources
We are determined to support equity through concrete actions steps, and one of those steps includes communication and education around the impact racism and social injustice have on young people and their families. This page includes resources to help acknowledge and educate others on the problem of systematic racism in our society, to help talk with young people about racism, and resources related to specific workplace departments. Our intent is to both educate and hold ourselves accountable to these actions, and be a resource for community members looking to do the same.