Dear Friends and Supporters,

Black lives matter.

We at ASAP! stand with the Black community and communities of color against violence, oppression and racism. We are deeply troubled by the horrific deaths of far too many black men and women in the past weeks, months and years. It is unacceptable, and it has to stop.

Systemic racism of every kind has to stop.

As individuals, and as an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, we are taking the time to listen and learn, to determine how we can do even more to be a force for positive change in the world, and to doing the hard work that change requires. Our children are depending on it.

We are as committed as ever to our vision–that when we honor children’s imaginations, invite them to create, encourage them to take risks and trust their resourcefulness, they will become the empowered, resilient, compassionate adults the world really needs.

We must support one another, stand in solidarity with one another and speak up for justice and equality.

The ASAP! Board of Directors and Staff