What Does Diversity Mean? New Book Captures Views of Children In Midst of Shifting U.S. Demographics

The U.S. recently announced the addition of our 300 millionth resident, with statistics showing our children will grow up in a nation more diverse than at any time in its history. To celebrate the diversity of our nation and to educate youth on issues of tolerance and diversity, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) this week published “Making One Good World: Kids Write About Diversity.” The book includes poems, essays and personal reflections about diversity written by those who will live in the diverse society of the future: Our children.

“Making One Good World” is a component of BGCA’s ongoing Youth for Unity diversity education program, supported by the Allstate Foundation. The Book offers insights from BGCA members ages 6 – 18, representing diverse ethnic groups from the U.S. and around the world.

In the book, young people share their thoughts on what diversity means to them. Creating “Making One Good World” provided a means to encourage personal expressions about diversity, a critical part of the education process.

Perhaps seven-year-old Alexis T. of Florida said it best: “I live in a diverse neighborhood. Some people are from Haiti, Puerto Rico and from Mexico. Even though we don’t speak the same language, we wave to each other. That makes me happy.”

About Making One Good World:
* “Making One Good World” includes 167 entries, chosen from some 500 submissions received from Boys & Girls Club members worldwide. The young authors range in age, gender, race and geographic location.
* Olivia B., a six-year-old Club member from Illinois provided the inspiration for the book’s title (her poem appears on p. 47).
* The Allstate Foundation and BGCA staff members selected the entries for inclusion.
* Excerpts from “Making One Good World: Kids Write About Diversity” will be available online at http://www.BGCAyouthnet.org.
* Every one of the 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs worldwide will receive a copy of the book.


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