Since March 2020 with the emergence of the COVID-19 virus, there have been approximately 2,800 acts of hate and violence perpetrated against Asian Americans.* In addition to the recent shooting in Atlanta, which claimed the lives of Daoyou Feng, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Andre Michels, Soon C. Park, Hyun J. Grant, Suncha Kim and Yong A. Yue, there have been many racially motivated attacks in California, New York, and other states against Asian Americans, which are not only heartbreaking; they are completely unacceptable.
Frost Valley YMCA in partnership with Tokyo YMCA condemn ANY and ALL acts of violence, hate, and discrimination against the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community.
Frost Valley YMCA brings together a diverse community of campers, guests, staff, alumni, trustees, volunteers, schools, and youth organizations from destinations around the world. On behalf of our entire Frost Valley community, we commit to stand with the AAPI community against discrimination and violence in all its forms.
Frost Valley and our successful, well-respected Tokyo Partnership will continue to provide a safe and open camp community where all people are welcomed, accepted, and respected.
“If we can make small changes in our campers’ mindsets, behaviors, and attitudes, they can make a difference in their communities,” says Tetsuro Hatoyama, Director of the Tokyo-Frost Valley YMCA Partnership.
In keeping with our mission and core values, Frost Valley’s Diversity, Inclusion, & Global (DIG) Innovation Committee, along with our Board of Trustees’ Anti-racism Task Force are working to adopt an official anti-racism statement, which will inform many different aspects from staff recruiting and onboarding, staff education and training, and guest and camper education. Additionally, it will guide us in our pursuit to identify systemic opportunities for change going forward. Stay tuned for more information on our on-going efforts.
Thank you for joining us in standing against hate!
*According to Stop AAPI Hate