Dear KYC Community,
In light of the recent protests nationwide, as the Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board for Kenneth Young Center, we felt it was important to reach out to you, our supporters and friends.
KYC’s programs and services focus on creating healthier, safer communities for us all. We are an agency of inclusion, empowerment, and compassion. Kenneth Young, from whom we took our agency’s name, was a fierce advocate for equality and social justice – a legacy we hold dear and central to our culture of diversity and acceptance.
This is a scary and emotional time. COVID-19 continues to be a serious global threat to our health, with more than 100,000 Americans having lost their battles to this devastating disease. This disease has disproportionately impacted black Americans, who are experiencing double the mortality rate of other races. Compounding these tragedies are the senseless murders of men and women in our country like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, and too many others – many of whom we’ll never know by name or life story. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our black neighbors. Your lives matter.
Racism, intolerance, hate, and violence have no place in our nation or at KYC. We are proud to stand behind the many first responders who bravely work each day to keep our communities and residents safe. Many of our programs rely on the strong relationships with police officers ready and willing to support and defend our community. We share our deepest appreciation for them. Our men and women of law enforcement are not represented by those who harbor hate and violence.
The diversity of our programs and clients is one of our greatest strengths. As we process the trauma and grief many are experiencing during this difficult time, please remember that KYC is committed to inclusion and compassion. Illinois’ Call4Calm text line remains open. Our teams continue to work around the clock to support our community. It is OK to not be OK and KYC is here to help.
Stay well and stay safe,
Grace Hong Duffin Dominice LaPorte EinigPresident & CEO Chair of the Board
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