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REfleCtions

At the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC), we believe racial literacy should be a part of every child’s socio-educational experience. Racial literacy is critical in helping children recognize and resolve racial stress in school, at home, and in the world around them. Our children’s literary magazine, REfleCtions, builds children’s racial literacy skills using developmentally appropriate approaches to tackle the daily racial issues children face. REfleCtions encourages the building of traditional literacy skills through non-fiction and fiction stories, engages children in conversations about day-to-day and broad racial conflicts through interactive and multi-modal activities and games, and provides young people with strategies for managing racial stress.

We also understand that children need support from adults as they develop a deeper understanding of racial issues; REC offers two “Grown Up Guides” for each issue of REfleCtions, providing a step-by-step guide for caregivers and educators who want to use the magazine to begin and sustain difficult and important conversations about race. These guides include conversation prompts, suggestions for classroom lessons and activities, in-school and at-home exercises, and tips for helping children manage racial stress. At REC, we want children to have the opportunity to talk about racial issues to feel better about themselves and their communities. We believe that providing children and adults with accessible and developmentally appropriate racial literacy resources encourages children to feel confident in their ability to manage racial stress and handle racial conflicts.

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