Brave is honored to have been awarded a 2018 Race and Justice Mini-Grant by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's Office of Community Affairs-Denver Human Rights and Community Partnerships. The grant supports community-driven projects designed to promote Denver as a welcoming, accepting, and inclusive city.
Our project will bring a full-day program to 160 middle school students and their faculty at the Denver School of Science and Technology-Stapleton, which is located in an area of relative affluence but has a diverse student body (84% minority, 69% free and reduced lunch, and 41% English language learners). The middle school years are a powerful time for diving deeply into issues of diversity, inclusion, and bias.
The program will be co-faciliated by Seattle-based Rosetta Lee, a nationally-renowned diversity speaker and trainer, and Bridging the Gap: Kids and Cops, which seeks to proactively improve relationships between youth and law enforcement in Denver. This day of learning, reflection, expression, and interaction will provide students and school staff with strategies to recognize and mitigate intolerance in the school setting, as well as strategies to stay safe out in the community and during interactions with law enforcement. We are grateful for the participation of Denver Police Department officers and community facilitators, and seek to promote empathy and trust among participants.