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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

True North Youth Program - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Adopted by the Board of Directors on June 3rd, 2021

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We’re on this road of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, together. We want to walk with you. 


In order to fulfill our vision of every teen participant graduating high school with a plan and a path to follow into adulthood, we are dedicated to each individual student, regardless of their background. 


True North Youth Program is committed to cultivating an environment of inclusivity and celebration of individuality. We encourage our students, staff, Board of Directors and volunteers to embrace the characteristics that make them unique. These characteristics are the fabric of our organization. 


All True North employees, board members and volunteers have the responsibility to treat everyone with respect, dignity and humanity. Any other treatment is unacceptable in our organization. 


To us, Diversity means you are all welcome. All backgrounds, all cultures, all races, all genders, all nationalities, all languages, all political affiliations, all ability levels, all are welcome. 


Equity means providing our same organization services to every single student, regardless of abilities, location or school district within our service territory. We believe that all students should have equitable access to higher education, information, opportunities, resources, and support.


Inclusion means coming together and saying yes! We bring teens and adult navigators together, from all along our watershed to navigate the path into, through and beyond high school.


We strive to show up every day  open-minded, open-hearted and with authenticity. We hope you will walk with us in this journey of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and we are always open to feedback on our efforts. 

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Partners in this work

For a full list of True North's partners, please visit the PARTNERS page of our website. The following are instrumental in True North's DEI work. 

  • Latino Advocacy Committee

  • San Miguel Resource Center

  • Somos Uno

  • Telluride Adaptive Sports Program

  • Telluride Foundation

  • Telluride, Norwood and West End School Districts

  • Tri-County Health Network

  • Wilkinson Public Library

This work is continuously changing and always on-going. True North staff and board members participate in regular local and statewide DEI training, and we have alumni students on our advisory board to continue offering suggestions and feedback. We welcome feedback from all volunteers, student participants, parents, funders, partnering organizations and our board of directors. Please contact us with feedback, questions or concerns. 

You can check your own implicit biases and social understandings with Harvard's Project Implicit! Click here to learn more.

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