EDI Action Statements

Read Better Be Better is absolutely committed to its values: Be Excellent and Be Kind. We are united in our dedication to the RBBB mission and celebrate success together. Below are direct actions we are taking to make our EDI statement come to life. To read our EDI statement, use the button below.

  • Identify and develop strong relationships with local college and community career centers / job boards and diverse student and community organizations, who are dedicated to community service and social justice causes that align with our mission, to broaden the candidate pool. Contact will be made 2x/mo. with each partner.
  • Commit to regularly posting each job opening on at least three diversified job boards by January 2021 that align with EDI. Identify these boards by November 2020.
  • Build recruitment relationships in our partner schools within applicable districts by contacting school hiring managers, once at beginning and once at end of semester.
  • Offer opportunities to 25% of qualified/interviewed potential employment candidates to shadow for a day to familiarize them with the position and program per semester.
  • Establish guidelines and processes for a mentoring program by December 2020 that allows current staff members to connect with other staff in an effort to learn more about different positions within the organization, the program, and the culture.
  • Develop and add at least 3-5 diversity/inclusion questions in annual staff survey that will be sent out in December of each year.
  • Provide avenues for continuous open and honest feedback by educating staff on available surveys every quarter as well as developing processes through one on ones, team meetings, and Site Leaders meetings to provide opportunities for feedback.
  • Develop a recruitment strategy for previous program participants to become staff members/interns/volunteers by Spring 2021.
  • Update policies/handbooks/job descriptions to include salary ranges by December 2020.
  • Make a continuous effort to learn about the histories of the communities we serve by partnering with existing community organizations through volunteering 1x per semester or attending shared workshops in an effort to learn best practices.
  • Develop an internal/external list of EDI educational resources that will be shared on social media on an ongoing basis and with staff during onboarding and during EDI trainings.
  • Commit to reading through EDI resources and discussing together in order to use knowledge gained to inform and improve RBBB policies and program quality at least 1x per quarter.
  • Develop a strategy to initiate a youth / family advisory board that focuses on program development and outreach by the end of FY 20/21.
  • Use education advocacy slack channel/social media to promote opportunities in the communities we serve as well as educational resources/articles to help promote further education on how to get involved in the community 1x per week.
  • Run breakdown of RBBB student demographics and work towards appropriate curriculum book representation 
  • Identify curriculum Books and giveaway books that promote EDI and are reflective of RBBB student population. Finalize and purchase by October 31st (to be included in fall graduation book distribution and spring programming) 
  • Write curriculum to accompany additional books. Complete for print by November 30th, 2020 to be included in spring programing
  • Research and develop equity/inclusion specific activities for after curriculum. Complete for print by November 30th, 2020 to be included in Spring programming 
  • Utilize donated funds for external staff training related to social / racial justice:
    • Children’s reactions to racial/social unrest (Mandatory for program team)
    • Handling “difficult” conversations, re: racial/social justice (Mandatory for all)
    • Seizing teachable moments, re: racial/social justice (Mandatory for program team)
  • Include Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement in appropriate external communications – website, socials, mailing list, job boards, job descriptions, employee / board communications, newsletter by Aug 31st
  • Update website, including career site, with inclusive formatting (screen reader for people with vision loss and subtitles on videos for hearing loss) by December 31st
  • Translate Job Descriptions, Tabling information, Recruitment materials, About Us on website by December 31st 
  • Change RBBB images to reflect EDI commitment and represent those we serve and our community (ongoing) 
  • Develop an advocacy strategy by August 31st that aligns with our EDI statement as well as our values of Be Excellent, Be Kind
  • Include 20-21 Operating Plan to be completed by December 31st (Covid situation dependent)
  • What are the parameters for partnerships in regards to aligned values and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion? Engage in specific dialogue with them to identify any disconnect by June 30th, 2021