Social Injustice and Systemic Racism Must End.
Van Go Stands in Solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
Van Go, Inc. was founded on the very tenets of inclusion, empowerment, and respect in an effort to eliminate barriers, close achievement gaps, and cultivate opportunities for youth in Douglas County. For 23 years, Van Go has worked to help young people find their voice using art as a vehicle.
We stand together with our BIPOC participants, employees, volunteers, board members, supporters and community in opposition to any forces that degrade the inherent value of each individual regardless of their race, ability, age, religion or sexual identity.
In a passionate call to action from one of our youth,
“Van Go can rise even further in their mission of social service and art expression by using the art that we apprentice artists create as a vehicle for racial justice and art activism, including continued and loud support for our Black brothers and sisters.”
The staff and board at Van Go could not agree more and accept this challenge. We hear you and acknowledge that we have more work to do toward this shared goal.
We will use our platform to intensify the powerful voices of our young people, as well as the voices of all who are systematically oppressed and excluded. We will continue to listen, serve, and collaborate with intention in all facets of our critical work with Douglas County youth.
Van Go stands firm in our commitment to foster understanding, empathy and kindness because we seek the strength and stability that is brought to communities by inclusion and diversity.
We can, must, and will do more.