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Equity and Employment Plan

Youth Crossroads, Inc. (YC) is committed to nurturing and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and
equitable workplace where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race,
ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued
and respected. We are committed to providing equal opportunity for employment and
advancement in all of our departments, programs, and worksites. We respect and value diverse
life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We are
committed to providing leadership and educational services to support equitable and systemic
change to support positive outcomes in health, education, and economic opportunity in our


· See diversity, inclusion, and equity as connected to our mission and critical to ensure
the well-being of our staff and the communities we serve.

· Acknowledge and dismantle barriers that prevent youth and families from diverse
backgrounds from participating in our programs and services.

· Advocate for and support board-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our
organization’s work, and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our

· Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.

· Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff,
committee, and advisory bodies.

· Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this notion and to
express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.


· Pursue cultural competency throughout our organization by creating substantive
learning opportunities and formal, transparent policies.

· Improve our cultural leadership pipeline by creating and supporting programs and
policies that foster leadership that reflects the diversity of American society.

· Develop and present sessions on diversity, inclusion, and equity to provide information
and resources internally, and to the community

· Develop a system for being more intentional and conscious of bias during the hiring,
promoting, or evaluating process.

· Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes diversity, inclusion, and
equity. Challenge systems and policies that create inequity, oppression and disparity.