EDUCATE TOMORROW STANDS WITH YOU

Posted by: Brett McNaught on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

 

Message from Our CEO, Brett McNaught

 

Educate Tomorrow is a group of diverse individuals, of which I am grateful. We strive to right systemic wrongs, to provide pathways to opportunity, to promote lasting positive change in the community. We serve predominately black and brown youth, who are at a higher risk of living in poverty, neglect, abandonment, abuse and silence. I cannot speak for Educate Tomorrow when I speak to the anger, grief, fear and hope that is flowing through my heart. Each member of Educate Tomorrow has a unique lived experience, their own voice to be heard.

I find my inspiration from a quote I learned about during my Peace Corps training in Niger, West Africa nearly 20 years ago. It speaks to the need to be vulnerable and listen and has remained relevant throughout my life. The quote goes like this.

"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." The activist Lilla Watson who is often credited  with this quote defers to " Aboriginals activists group, Queensland, 1970's" due to the quote's collective development." 

I believe we need to acknowledge that our liberation is bound, that we must work collectively--and work means work. The fight to make progress towards equity and justice will be the fight of our lives. I also believe in abundance. Everyone can win. Imagine what this world would be like if everyone had the ability to reach their true potential.

At Educate Tomorrow I have witnessed the amazing growth in so many young people and I have also witnessed real and seemingly insurmountable struggles. I do not have the answer, I will listen and if asked I hope to contribute positively to the essential collective work.

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