Being Black is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in the State of Illinois challenges the prevailing discourse about Black children—one which typically overemphasizes limitations and deficits—to highlight the strengths, assets and resilience demonstrated by Black children and families. It features contributions from noted leaders and organizations in the early care and education field and within the state including: Erikson Institute, Illinois Action for Children and Ounce of Prevention. The foreword is written by Dr. Barbara T. Bowman, renowned child development expert. Read the report.
“The state of Illinois has been bombarded with negative stories and statistics about our children,” says Janis Jones, President BCDI-Chicago, “but there is so much more happening than violence and despair in our communities. “Being Black is Not a Risk Factor,” highlights the tremendous work being undertaken in the heart of Chicago and the state to improve the lives of Black children and families.”
Like the national report other state reports before it, “Being Black is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in the State of Illinois,” weaves together three critical elements: essays from state experts that focus on using our children’s, families’ and communities’ strengths to improve outcomes for Black children; points of proof from organizations in Illinois that provide examples of places where Black children are succeeding; and data that indicates how Illinois’ Black children and families are doing across a range of measures and in relation to their peers both within the state and nationally.