Kappa Alpha Theta and PNC Bank Sponsor Two “Interrupting Racism for Children” Workshops

One of Kappa Alpha Theta’s aims is to exercise the widest influence for good. This means we aspire to cultivate philanthropists who seek to create positive change in their communities. PNC Bank seeks opportunities to enhance our communities and what better way to start than with our children? By focusing support on high-quality early childhood education, PNC aims to positively impact school readiness and contribute to stronger, smarter, and healthier children, families, and communities.

Kappa Alpha Theta and PNC are happy to join in sponsoring two “Interrupting Racism for Children” (IRFC) workshops in 2021 hosted by Child Advocates, a member of the National CASA/GAL Association and the Indiana State Office of GAL/CASA. Child Advocates serves children who are victims of abuse and neglect in Marion County, Indiana’s most populated area, which includes Indianapolis.

“Corporate sponsors, like PNC, and the incredible 30-year-plus partnership with Kappa Alpha Theta, benefits Child Advocates in so many ways, beyond the actual funding,” said Cindy Booth, executive director of Child Advocates. “Corporate partners and other sponsors help us educate the business community about a world they might never get to explore. Most importantly, sponsorships let our children and youth know that the community values them and supports them.”

The Child Advocates IRFC virtual workshop provides an opportunity for participants to learn important techniques designed to interrupt typical responses and processes, and transform actions to create a better world for children.

“We want to raise awareness around the function of racism, how and why it began, and how we uphold this system often unknowingly,” said Jill English, director of the IRFC workshop. “Once participants have foundational awareness, we provide action steps and suggest methods for interrupting the practices that sustain systemic racism. This workshop is for everyone, as our children deserve a future where they can reach their full potential without predictions based on race.”

Like Child Advocates, Theta and PNC believe that every child has a right to have a safe home, establish permanence, and be provided the opportunity to thrive.

“PNC is built on a foundation of strong values and this is an opportunity to respond in a way that helps drive meaningful and sustainable change for those who need it the most,” said Connie Bond Stuart, PNC regional president of central and southern Indiana. “We applaud the commitment by Child Advocates to lead these educational opportunities in an effort to foster actionable insight in our communities.”

The two-day Interrupting Racism for Children workshops are held monthly. Interested individuals can register through the Child Advocates event page.