The Monmouth Journal
FREEHOLD — Thought-provoking discussions about racial justice and inequity are taking place around the nation, and here in Monmouth County.
Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) recently formed a racial equity ad hoc committee tasked with defining how each of its working groups, or Hubs, look at racial equity in the human services provided to Monmouth County residents. Case in point: the Positive Youth Development (PYD) Hub tackled the difficult conversation, and how they could specifically address issues of racial justice for their population of young children.
These discussions sparked an idea to host a youth-led, youth-run virtual town hall event for young people from across Monmouth County to come together, share their experiences and have a meaningful discussion about racial justice and inequity. The Virtual Youth Town Hall on Racial Justice — with 180 registered attendees — featured 15 Monmouth County youth volunteers who played important roles including moderator, chat moderator, presenter and break out room facilitators.