Fighting Hate with Love: Resilience in the Face of Systemic Racism
PUBLISHED MAY 27, 2021
Last week, East West Bank Foundation presented a $10,000 check donation to Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside toward their Kindness Education Program. The program teaches youth to respond to systemic racism through kindness and prepares them to be strong and healthy advocates for themselves, their families, and their community. Through the program’s “Kindness Tours”, the club has visited isolated youth at home, brought gifts to celebrate birthdays, brought food to front line workers through the Meals to Heal Program, and engaged in random acts of kindness, such as paying a family’s rent, gas or groceries for a month.
Youth participating in the Kindness Education Program follow an age- appropriate curriculum that helps youth understand how kindness is connected to racial justice, teaching them how to respond, not react, to racist statements, and to be advocates for racial justice in their own communities. Youth meet weekly over the course of 10 weeks going over a variety of topics through the lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Since starting the program earlier this year more than 200 youth have taken the Kindness Pledge and 80 youth are now skilled in practicing meditation on a weekly basis to help with their social and emotional well-being.
Danny Chan, Branch Manager of North El Monte branch, currently serves on the Board and Finance Committee of this Boys & Girls Club and has been a board member to this group for over 10 years. He provides financial expertise and board guidance on macro decisions involving finance and community involvement. The club primarily provides services to the low to moderate income community of San Gabriel Valley. We are proud to play our part in teaching students how to fight hate with love.