Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

YNPN National's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Stance

We believe that our social ills are caused by inequities in access to the basic resources and benefits of a democratic society. These inequities are based on discrimination of various groups by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other identities. We also believe that a diverse and powerful social sector can address these inequities. 


As we state in our Theory of Change, we believe that a diverse and powerful social sector requires:

  • Activated leaders who are thoughtful and effective changemakers that bring creativity and fresh perspectives to solving our communities’ most intractable social problems
  • People with an understanding of power dynamics and the systematic, historical and cultural context in which they are trying to make change;
  • Networks that facilitate working across institutions and bring diverse groups of people together to achieve common goals;
  • Research, writing, and speaking that challenges the systems that hold us back and consistent engagement with a variety of ideas and approaches.

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