HELENA YOUTH AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE
Working Towards a Safer Future
HELENA YOUTH AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE AT A GLANCE
Helena Youth Against Gun Violence is a nonpartisan student-led organization dedicated to preventing gun violence in Montana schools and communities. We first met in February of 2018, following the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Since then, we have organized events such as the Helena March For Our Lives and the "Town Hall For Our Lives" Congressional Candidate Forum. Currently we are working on registering young voters and lobbying for common-sense gun legislation. We welcome all Helena-area students to get involved!
Making A Difference
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
Members of Helena Youth Against Gun Violence were the primary organizers of the Helena March For Our Lives. The event took place on March 24, 2018 (in solidarity with the national protest in Washington D.C.), and drew in over 1,000 people, many of whom traveled to Helena from across the state to be present. The March featured Mayor Wilmot Collins, Helena School District Superintendent Jack Copps, educator and school-shooting survivor John Moffatt, and numerous student speakers.
VOTER EDUCATION FORUM
Our Voter Education Forum took place on April 28, 2018. It was inspired by the national call to gather political leaders to discuss solutions to gun violence. We put our own spin on this event, inviting all seventeen candidates running for Congress in Montana's June primary. Out of all seventeen invitees, only five attended (Green Party candidate Doug Campbell, Green Party candidate Steve Kelly, Democratic candidate Grant Kier, Democratic candidate John Meyer, and eventual Democratic primary winner Kathleen Williams). The candidates all provided their thoughts on the topic and answered questions from student moderators.
"I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I cannot accept."