This is a painful time for us, our communities, and our nation.
The cries we hear are due to the weeping wounds of
multi-generational divisiveness and violence. The senseless
deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Stephon
Clark, and countless other Black people reflect the deeply
ingrained systemic oppression, racism, and injustice that exists
in the fabric of our institutions and our lives. We cannot stand
We see the results of this deep division as Black youth are
over-represented in foster care and juvenile justice systems.
Stanford Sierra Youth & Families as an organization holds
compassion, equity, excellence, honor, integrity, and partnership
as our foundational values. We celebrate diversity and recognize
that we have a role in healing our communities by addressing the
trauma and pain of the youth and families that come through our
doors. Our values are centered on creating a place where everyone
is welcomed, honored, and provided the opportunity to
thrive. We are committed to embracing and empowering all of
those we serve. Our mission of transforming lives is about
empowering our young people and families to rise up from
oppression, to be equipped to navigate challenges, and provided
an opportunity to heal from individual and community
We must stand together to address the pandemic of racism. There
is a heavy psychological toll that one person or one population
cannot carry alone. We stand in solidarity with our Black
colleagues, families, young people, and community members. We
stand together in defense against further wounds.
Laura Heintz, Psy. D.
CEO, Stanford Sierra Youth & Families