“Let’s talk about these African-American teens. They sag their pants. They live in fatherless homes where the mothers don’t know who the fathers are. They drop out of school. Many of them are criminals. These black teenagers, they’re not developing empathy. Let’s talk about these problems. Let’s talk about these black teens.”   This

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If we intend to sincerely honor women — during Women’s History Month or any other — that needs to begin with championing them to live authentically and stretch their comfort zones. In failing to do that, we fail everyone – – including future generations. We fail everyone who has a woman for a friend. We

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In her post about the myth of of a post-racial America, Jenn Russell pointed out that far from solving racism, Obama’s election has instead served to highlight the ongoing pervasiveness of systemic racism and has perhaps even ushered in an era of heightened race-based aggression targeting communities of color. Concrete numbers and police reports exist to

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*At Community Tampa Bay, we find ourselves frequently having to field questions about why diversity and inclusion still matters, when we’ve “come so far”, when our society is “past racism”. This is why. It’s not a new notion: the myth of a post-racial America has been examined, refuted and re-examined over these seven years since

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Community Tampa Bay recently held district wide one-day youth leadership conferences for middle and high school students attending Pinellas County Schools. The theme of the conferences was: “What’s Your Story?”   This question lies at the heart of Community Tampa Bay’s work with both youth and adults, as we strive to create a community free

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Last Thursday, Community Tampa Bay (CTB) hosted Evident Impact, a panel discussion featuring Pinellas County leaders sharing their perspectives on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce.   For more than two decades, Community Tampa Bay’s leadership and diversity education programs (which are based on our trademarked ANYTOWN curriculum and adapted to be

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“ANYTOWN changed my life.”  I’ve heard this statement more than any other since I joined Community Tampa Bay as its new Executive Director in March. If there is anything I’ve learned in my brief time here so far, it’s that we change lives. I am so humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead such

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The F.L.Y. (Facilitating the Leadership of Youth) Society presents the final summit for the 2013-2014 year: As Long As I Got My Dress And Tie (Gender Stereotypes And Why They Suck) May 31st 4-8PM This summit will revolve around gender stereotypes and answers the question, “are they relevant?” It was created by youth for youth with FREE

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