As the past year has proved, inequality can have tragic consequences: more than 500,000 Americans killed by COVID-19, dismal economic aid for those facing the most challenges, and rising police brutality. Too often, people without a voice in civic life – low-income individuals from communities of color or undocumented immigrants – disproportionately shoulder these consequences, reminding us of the racial inequities and injustices throughout our country’s systems.
2020 also gave us glimpses of hope and change. The events of last year galvanized new leaders – predominately young people of color operating with limited resources – to organize and challenge the systems that do not work for their communities. Silicon Valley Community Foundation and The Obama Foundation are committed to investing in this new generation of leaders who are building power to reimagine their communities.
You are invited to join us for a discussion between SVCF President and CEO Nicole Taylor and The Obama Foundation President Valerie Jarrett on Tuesday, April 20 from 1pm-2pm PT.
Also joining the conversation:
- Shari Davis, 2019 The Barack Obama Foundation Fellow and Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project
- Poncho Guevara, Executive Director of Sacred Heart Community Service, which serves Santa Clara County
Together we will explore how leaders are building on progress made in 2020, and how philanthropy can contribute to the power-building work happening now across the nation.
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