Diverse ideas, people, and cultures are a huge part of what moves the Central Valley forward – and it’s of vital importance to teach youth about how important this diversity is. With a grant from the Central Valley Community Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County launched “Song Story Share” to spread cultural awareness, tolerance, and acceptance to Valley youth.

“Song Story Share” is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth for Unity program, the hallmark of the organization’s diversity initiative. Youth for Unity provides parents and youth ages 6 – 18 with the groundwork needed to better understand cultural diversity. Participants learn how to understand and appreciate the unique qualities of their peers and themselves, how to identify bias and inequity around them, and how to encourage others to treat everyone with respect and dignity.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County taught 247 local Club members the importance of tolerance and acceptance. Club members engage in educational workshops, cooking sessions, cultural awareness activities, guest speaker presentations, and cultural artistic projects to familiarize themselves with and develop an appreciation of various cultural practices and traditions. At the end of the program, participants learned how to educate their community about cultural norms to combat prejudice, bigotry, and decimation.

Here’s some quotes from just a few program participants on what they took away from this amazing program:

  • “I gained respect for other cultures, and I am now very proud of my background.” – Jackie, age 14
  • “This program taught me that all individuals are equal, regardless of their differences.” – Alejandro, age 10
  • “This program was very fun, and taught me to accept others.” – John, age 12

Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County has held three “Song Story Share” events at Inspiration Park in Fresno, with nearly 400 attendees congregating to celebrate cultural diversity. On Friday, May 5, 2017, one last event will be held at Inspiration Park to showcase African-American, Hispanic and Latino, and Asian cultures through performing arts. At this free event, all participants will have an opportunity to participate in various interactive activities, including henna tattoo hand painting, face painting, an art exhibit, a mask coloring contest, and much more!

Where: Inspiration Park, 5770 West Gettysburg Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722

When: Friday, May 5, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

FREE event! Everyone is welcome!

For more information, please contact Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County Director of Operations, Luis Flores, at 559-266-3117.

The Central Valley Community Foundation is proud to sponsor programs like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County’s “Song Story Share” program through the Youth for Unity initiative. For more information on grants from CVCF, please visit the Grants Overview page of our website.