I am optimistic that we can solve the challenges that America is experiencing. This is because real change happens at the local level, not at the federal level, and I know so many local leaders are working to create new systems that produce more equitable outcomes for children and families. Local communities can drive systemic change. We’ve seen it happen in communities across our network. We’ve also seen these communities learn from one another. As soon as the pandemic hit, our communities quickly mobilized to provide immediate relief and prepare for the longer-term recovery.
Our country is resilient because of the people who make up our communities. I do worry that we are becoming so divided, especially because the politization and polarization of ideas blocks us from seeing that many of us want the same things. However, I’m confident that we will come together to get out of this, especially at the local level.