Invest in Kids (IIK) is dedicated to addressing the growing health and education disparities between low-income Colorado children and their higher socioeconomic peers. We are committed to facilitating a nonpartisan, collaborative and authentic dialogue that empowers all communities to deliver evidence-based, culturally responsive programs. IIK is committed to assessing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion, with an aim to help level the playing field for low-income families by partnering with rural and urban Colorado communities. Understanding that disparities exist within low-income populations, IIK works to ensure all children have the opportunities, conditions, and support to succeed.
To clarify our intentions for ourselves and our stakeholders, we share what the terms below mean to us:
Equity- IIK is devoted to building practices and systems that create opportunities while eliminating disparities for under-resourced groups and individuals, particularly service and opportunity gaps based on socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity. IIK works for a future in which we can no longer predict child and family outcomes, such as healthy pregnancies, healthy child development, or social-emotional competence and school readiness, based on socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity.
Diversity- IIK is committed to acknowledging and valuing the power of unique and varied life experiences that are shaped by all aspects of a person's identity (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, religion, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, and geographic location). We embrace all types of diversity and strive to increase and support the socioeconomic and racial/ethnic diversity of our staff, board, committees and volunteers because we believe these perspectives will be most valuable in helping us to understand the strengths and challenges faced by the families our programs serve.
Inclusion- IIK is dedicated to incorporating and leveraging diverse backgrounds and life experiences into the fabric of our organization and programs. IIK strives to be an organization where all staff, board members, committee members, and people served by our programs feel valued and respected and have opportunities for meaningful contributions.
Learn about how we are putting our Commitment into practice.