Often a lack of understanding someone else’s experiences can breed prejudice and discrimination. This can come in the form of social injustices around race, ethnicity, or national origin; mental or physical ability; sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity/expression. WILL Education launched this Social Justice Learning space with the goal of sharing educational resources and materials that could help guide children, families, and educators when exploring these critical conversations.
Divided into sections for early childhood, adolescents, and adults, each learning level features videos, audio, and text to facilitate a variety of learning styles. As with any social justice conversation, we believe it’s critical to begin with our littlest ones and continue that work throughout adulthood so we can keep the conversations, the learning, and the societal shift going to ensure lifelong impact. However, we understand these conversations can be difficult, and often we don’t know where to begin. We highly encourage you to regularly visit this page to begin or continue your growth in these social justice areas.
Below you will find three learning levels—early childhood, adolescent, and adult—each featuring videos, audio, and text to facilitate a variety of learning styles.
Today's Lesson: Homelessness in America
Current estimates place more than half a million people experiencing homelessness in America. Most of the those are individuals—around 70% according to data from before the pandemic hit in 2020—with a smaller, but still staggering portion being families with children. These people live in every state and territory and represent the diversity of this country. And while this group represents a diverse population of people, some people are more likely to find themselves without a place to live as risk is tied to race, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, and mental health. It is our hope that through more knowledge about the situation and what it is like to experience homelessness, along with how easily people can find themselves without a home, we can help humanize the crisis and take better care of our neighbors.