By Munashe Kwangwari III
BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation awarded YWCA McLean County a grant of $1,645. The grant money will be used to create and educate students in YWCA’s Young Wonders Youth Development program about anti-bias. View video on program.
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, more than one out of five students reported being bullied, with 70.6% of young people saying they have seen bullying in their schools.
The money will help teachers educate children about racism, sexism and ableism with the goal of eliminating bullying and creating a more inclusive environment for the students.
“The anti-bias education is meant to create and build an inclusive environment for students,” said YWCA Young Wonders Senior Director, Melissa Breeden. “This curriculum gives children a chance to have age-appropriate dialogue that encourages them to celebrate differences.”
Leaders say the goal is to teach school-aged students with a hope of integrating Pre-K students in the future.
IPCF’s Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) cohort awarded this grant as part of their annual philanthropy efforts. Learn more about YEP.