#12DaystoShowUp Day 5: Youth and Families

As a part of SURJ Bay Area’s #12DaysToShowUp Fundraising Campaign — and our ongoing commitment to racial justice and reparations — 50% of all donations raised for SURJ are passed on to local POC-led organizations. The other 50% will be used to fund under-resourced rural SURJ chapters and to support our own work mobilizing white people in the Bay Area.

Donate to SURJ Bay Area before December 31 to help us reach our year-end fundraising goal of $20,000.

In addition to your donation to SURJ, we encourage you to match donations directly to POC-led organizations like those we’ve featured each of the 12 Days of this campaign.

Youth and Families 

SURJ’s Youth and Families committee is comprised of active members who aim to begin the process of dismantling white supremacy at the root by mobilizing youth, parents, youth workers, and educators for racial justice. Throughout the past year, they have done this by:

  • Hosting Racial Justice Story Time, which engages the whole family with stories and activities to help start conversations around race and social justice issues.

  • Encouraging folks to Wear Out the Silence with their t-shirt campaign that urges people to wear Black Lives Matter shirts every Friday

  • Partnering with Hand in Hand for family playdates that are focused on educating families about how to be responsible employers to immigrant domestic workers

  • Providing childcare and kid-friendly activities during protests and direct actions, such as at the No Hate in the Bay rally this past summer

  • Leading workshops for youth around race, oppression, and privilege.

One of our partners in this work is Abundant Beginnings. Founded and run by Black queer women, Abundant Beginnings is a community education and empowerment initiative whose youth and family programing has a social justice praxis focus for students of color, gender queer students, and differently abled learners. Summer camps, curriculum development, community education, and school building initiatives are the focus of their work in the Bay Area. They strive to create individual, community, and environmental change by fostering intergenerational, land-based learning practices. Abundant Beginnings’ Freedom Bus transports students who are part of their Forest Freedom Preschool and Camp Programs, where they are "growing children rooted in trust, love and justice - blossoming in independence."