#PowerInPlace: Reducing Gun Violence and Empowering Youth During the Pandemic

During this time of upheaval and uncertainty, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Education Fund is adapting our programs and advocacy to a world of virtual learning and remote activism. 

Our mission is to fight gun violence on two fronts: education and advocacy. The students we serve through our ReACTION in-school empowerment program and our Youth Over Guns advocacy arm are currently facing the dual threat of COVID-19 and the ongoing gun violence epidemic. 

We know this isn't a short-term problem. The ramifications of this crisis - including increased domestic violence, growing suicide rates, and rising gun violence stemming from the stresses of economic anxiety and health concerns - will ripple through our communities well beyond the immediate emergency. 

We want to be sure our ReACTION and Youth Over Guns students - kids whose communities will be most impacted by COVID-19 and its aftershocks - continue to have access to our programs, which teach critical thinking, personal and neighborhood safety, and advocacy.

Our #PowerInPlace Programming

With school buildings closed around the city, state and country, NYAGV has launched a weekly virtual student support group and are growing our school program - ReACTION - in an online format, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and other violence prevention organizations.

We are also getting ready for our youth-led Remote Advocacy Week, May 11th-15th, where our students will advocate elected officials at the local, state and federal level for stronger solutions to gun violence. 

How You Can Help

Today, we’re asking for your support. We need to raise $30,000 to run virtual programming that will reach as many students as possible - and continue to be a source of strength, stability and safety for our students. Can you donate $50, $100, $250 or $500 today? 

Our programs, then and now: 

NYAGV Ed Fund partners with Bronx Connect to teach a virtual ReACTION class to students in the Bronx in April 2020.

Youth Over Guns and ReACTION students at Advocacy Day 2019 in Albany in March 2019.


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