We are committed to having this be an honest community in which people feel not just entitled but obligated to speak up about what is and is not working for them, especially if there is anything they don’t feel good about or that causes them confusion or concern.
We must see our work and organization at all levels as being in a constant state of evolution. We are always going to be looking for ways to make things better because systems that are set in stone become stagnant.
We will do our best to have clear agreements and standards and to uphold them. We will do our best to be fair and respectful to people involved at all levels of our organization--staff, volunteers, students, board, donors, etc.
We are a supportive community in which people are encouraged to do what works well in their lives to help build our programs while taking good care of themselves. We want to support people in not feeling guilty about what they can’t or don't want to do.
We will use our own time and the time of the people who work with us, or who we help, as efficiently and effectively as possible.
We will do our best to ensure the physical and emotional safety of people at all levels of our organization including past, present, and possible students, staff, and supporters.
We will work as a team with each other, with our students, and with other concerned people to bring the best services possible to the most people possible which means communicating directly and regularly with each other, upholding our values with each other, etc.
We will identify and act on problems as soon as possible and anticipate and plan for new challenges.
We will deal with fear, embarrassment and other uncomfortable feelings in order to uphold our values and not let those feelings prevent us from working towards our goals.
We welcome people of any age, culture, religion, race, gender, political belief, nationality, sexual orientation or identity, marital status, any kind of disability, or level of income who share our commitment to integrity and safety for everyone and who can join us in upholding our values.