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Raising Anti-Racist Children Parenting Workshop

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This workshop is designed by Sarasota FL grassroots efforts, for local parents of children ages 7-12 who are newcomers to anti-racism work.

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Many parents in Sarasota are looking for resources and support for how to talk with their children about racism and privilege, and how to support the development of values of racial equity and justice. This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to reflect on their own racial attitudes while also learning and practicing ways to discuss racism with their children.

Participants are encouraged to sign up with a friend or co-parent – someone they can talk with throughout the week to share stories, wonderings, and realizations.

Format:

  • 4 one-hour Zoom sessions, a week apart, with “homework” to be conducted between sessions.
  • Free.
  • Participants will be invited to a closed (private) Facebook group for participants only.
  • Participants can get to know each other, and share stories, wonderings, and realizations throughout the workshop to build a sense of community.
  • This is a small-group discussion-based workshop. Participants will be asked to share their thoughts and reflections each week.

ATTENTION: Registering for this workshop is a commitment to all (4) Zoom sessions. Since the workshops have limited space to allow for an intimate learning environment, we ask that if you are NOT able to commit to all 4 sessions to please leave space for those who can. Additional dates will continue to be announced that may work better for your schedule and needs. Thank you for understanding.

Curriculum:

  • Participants will read 4 selected chapters of So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo, to begin self-examination & reflection.
  • Participants will be encouraged to purchase 2-3 children’s books from a recommended list.
  • Facilitators will share video links both for adults and children to spur conversations about race.
  • Guiding questions for the children’s books and discussion strategies will be discussed.
  • Participants will reflect on ways they themselves & their children can be agents of change.

Parameters:

This workshop will:

  • Start from the premise that racial injustice & systemic racism exist today.
  • Provide opportunities for self-reflection & discussion to raise one’s own awareness of racial attitudes & bias.
  • Provide instruction & recommendations for books & guided discussion questions to address racial injustice with children aged 7-12.
  • Work toward a goal of becoming parents and raising children who will be agents of social change.

This workshop will not:

  • Advocate for specific political groups or organizations
  • Discuss the merits of specific political actions or proposals

Facilitators:

Greg Cruz is the founder of Streets Of Paradise, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the houseless. He's also spearheaded the "Stop The Violence Day" a no-cost community event where all are welcome. From the rights of prisoners and migrant workers to the LBTQ+ community to environmental activism, the single father of 4’s motivation is to leave the world a better place for all of our children.

Kim Doleatto writes for the Sarasota Herald Tribune on topics like early childhood education and development. She is a mother, active community member, and Italian-Canadian immigrant. She believes that reflection and conversation are essential steppingstones to build a world where equality is a given for our children.

Workshop dates:

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

More information regarding books and materials will be sent upon registration for the workshop, in addition to Zoom information for recurring sessions.

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