Starting in January, 2017, Aylin Green, Executive Director of the West Windsor Arts Council, will step into the role of Co-Chair for the Minority Concerns Committee of Mercer County. This group includes a consortium of representatives from service organizations around the county. Its mission is to help to educate the public and community at-large about discriminatory and prejudicial practices faced by our youth.
Goals of Minority Concerns are as follows:
- Promote healthy community relationships
- Participate in collaborative efforts with schools, legal systems, families and community agencies
- Pledge an ongoing commitment to initiating positive change
- Raise community awareness about the disproportionate numbers of minority youth involved with the Juvenile Justice System
- Understand and value others for the unique qualities they possess
- Support the development of community-based programs
Programs to date have included:
- The annual Girls Forum – a free program for young women aged 12 – 16 from the Trenton area to participate in a day of learning and empowerment.
- The annual Boys Forum – a free program for young men aged 12 – 16 from the Trenton area to participate in a day of learning and mentorship.
- Stand Against Racism – held the last Friday of April, this program is an opportunity to engage in conversation and solidarity around topics of racial equality initated by the YWCA
- Diversity Training – educational programs on a variety of topics related to diversity in the community
The West Windsor Arts Council is proud to participate in this partnership and bring access to the arts to its programs.