In October 2017, ALA received a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to develop new Great Stories Club (GSC) series inspired by their Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Framework. To learn more about the TRHT Framework and download a copy of the Kellogg Foundation's TRHT Implementation Guidebook, visit http://healourcommunities.org/.
In 2018 and 2019, ALA will offer 100 grants to libraries on the following related themes, as part of the TRHT series. To learn more, visit the ALA website.
Vital to discussing the complex issues of race is a common vocabulary that helps prevent misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Words can have different meanings to different people based on their experiences. The concepts and phrases in the TRHT Glossary can help avoid misunderstandings. While not everyone may agree on the definition of each word, a common understanding of how words are being used in particular circumstances can help more productive conversations to take place.
One of the goals of the TRHT GSC is for all participating library workers, community partners, and teen readers to see a role for themselves in shifting structural racism within their communities and beyond. The following readings provide information about structural racism and are strongly recommended for TRHT GSC program staff.
Libraries that receive a grant to implement one of the Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation will convene racial healing circles with their teen readers. To support this activity, grantees will participate in a racial healing circle during the two-day project orientation workshop; receive a grant stipend of $1,200 to cover expenses for an experienced facilitator to co-present a circle(s) with their GSC readers; and receive ongoing networking and peer support through the project's cohort of grantees.Before applying for the GSC's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation series, applicants are advised to review the following.
When applying for a Great Stories Club grant for the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation series, the applicant library is encouraged to identify an eligible racial healing practitioner / racial healing circle facilitator. A programming stipend of $1,200 will be provided to cover related expenses.
If you require assistance connecting with a practitioner/facilitator, please consider contacting the following organizations that may be able to help you. Library staff and others who have undertaken racial healing circle facilitator training/preparation are eligible for this role.
Should you require additional support for your TRHT GSC program series, the following organizations may be a possible source of funding.
The following national youth-focused organizations offer resources for connecting with a local affiliate to forge an eligible library outreach partnership. Many other types of local organizations and agencies are appropriate partners for the TRHT GSC as well. Please contact ALA if you have questions or would like feedback on a prospective partner organization's fit for the project.