Old and Young: Learning from each other

Alfonzo White fosters intergenerational dialogue to promote racial healing

Alfonzo White is a big believer in the idea that learning about one’s past can be a powerful way to not only instill confidence and an appreciation for our collective history, but also to shape our future.

As Executive Director of Action Communication and Education Reform (ACER) in Duck Hill, Mississippi, Alfonzo helps run the Intergenerational Dialogue program. The program brings “adults and youth together to share their concerns about current [race] issues…but also for [youth] to hear the struggles of what the older generations went through,” Alfonzo said.

He understands how incorporating young voices into policy conversation around racial equity provides new perspective and can impact the conversation. He observed this after a recent policy convening where ACER brought along a young participant, Leanne. She was the only young person at the table, but “she participated and it changed the whole dynamic,” Alfonzo said. “At the next convening, everybody had young folks at the table.”

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New Mexico grantees create a shared vision for state’s children at 2014 convening

More than 200 leaders from across the state came together to share stories and strategies at the 2014 W.K. Kellogg Foundation New Mexico grantee convening, Together for New Mexico’s Children, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo.

New Mexico
July 31, 2014

Putting Children First

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