Project RACE Teens President Recognized by Princeton Prize Committee

Project RACE Teens President, Tommy McManus, was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Princeton Prize in Race Relations yesterday. The Princeton Prize recognized Tommy for his wonderful advocacy work on behalf of multiracial teens, children and family. As the first, monoracial person to hold this position, Tommy has demonstrated incredible empathy by devoting himself to this cause. Tommy believes all people should be able to identify with all parts of who they are. Tommy has worked on many aspects of multiracial advocacy with a particular focus on changing the way racial data is collected and tabulated by private schools.

We are very proud of Tommy and very thankful for the many years that Princeton Prize Committee has recognized the significance of the work done by our PRT presidents! We are all honored.

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Tommy receiving his award at Princeton University

Breaking News from Teen Project RACE President

 

Last Wednesday I met with the Dean of Admissions at my high school and was very excited when he agreed to make a change on the Delbarton application forms in order to allow multiracial students to identify all parts of their heritage. I explained our mission at Project RACE and showed him a sample of the recommended wording for inquiring of a student’s race on an application. Our preferred wording, if you don’t know, is “If you are multiracial, you may select two or more boxes”. I am thankful that our dean saw the importance of making this change even though, in a private school, he was not legally obligated to do so. I am very proud of our mission, and look forward to working with the Teen Panelists on changing many more applications in the future!

 

Delbarton’s student body comprises students from more than eight New Jersey counties and 60 communities. Minority students represent about 12% of the student body.

 

 

Project RACE Teens Serve on 9/11

The following post is from the President of our Teen division, Tommy McManus.

Teens Out to Change the World, from left to right, Eric, Edyn, Liz, Zach, Tommy, Karson and Zak.

 

I recently had my first meeting with the East Coast contingency of our Project RACE Teens National Panelists. We decided to meet in Brick, New Jersey for the 9/11 National Day of Service. We had breakfast together and had a great time getting to know each other and discussing our goals and plans for Project RACE Teens. Following our meeting we all participated in a great disaster preparedness program. I am so proud of the amazing group of teens we have here at PRT. They really want to make a difference in the lives of multiracial people and beyond!

It was America’s National Day of Service in remembrance of all the victims in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. To remember all these 9/11 first responders my mother and I, gathered with Project RACE Kids president, Karson Baldwin, his mother Kelly, who is a member of our Advisory Board and four of ourNational Teen Panelists Edyn, Eric, Liz, and Zach. After our Project RACE meeting, we joined with other volunteers to attend a “Disaster Preparedness” training by the American Red Cross that now ensures that we can work in a shelter. Hopefully that will not be anytime soon because I would really love a hurricane-free year, but we’ll see! Two Red Cross workers gave this training to us: one a regional manager, and the other a volunteer. They went through a simple process explaining everything from how to prepare the shelter all the way to how to close one when it is no longer needed. One of the most interesting things I heard during this presentation is how important confidentiality is. Say a person named Mr. Jones is staying in a shelter and someone comes in and asks if Mr. Jones is staying there, the manager or whoever is working at the entrance has to say, “Please leave your information and I will go and if Mr. Jones is here he’ll contact you”. The shelter has to do this because what if that person came in looking for him was actually trying to rob Mr. Jones and by knowing he was staying in a shelter, this person now knows that Mr. Jones’s house is empty. Therefore, confidentiality is one of the most important things.

After the two-hour presentation we went around Brick and went to vulnerable waterfront houses asking people if they had a plan in case there was another disaster. My group talked to several people and left important disaster preparedness information for the remaining houses whose residents were not home at the time. I’m really glad I am now certified to work at a shelter, and that I was able to spend the day with a bunch of great people including several key members of the amazing Project RACE team!

– Tommy McManus, Project RACE Teens President