Training Modules

Dismantling Racism with Youth

Initiating Conversations about Race, Evelyn Parker – Video and Discussion Outline

Dr. Evelyn Parker discusses strategies to initiate conversations about race with youth.

Questions for a Black or Racially Mixed Youth Group:

  1. Have you experienced microaggressions in your spirituality?

Questions for a Predominately White Youth Group:

  1. How do we view conversations about race, and how do we embed them within our own spirituality?
  2. Parker outlines four “r”s for having difficult conversations: realization, resistance, resiliency, and ritual.
  3. How can we help our young folks realize the truth about race? What programmatic decisions can we make to help them come to this understanding?
  4. Parker emphasizes the use of images, documentaries, and commercials with young people. How might we go about this?
Yale Youth Ministry Institute