Here's what you need to know to start a Students Demand Action Group
If you want to take action to reduce gun violence, a great place to start is by creating or joining a Students Demand Action Group in your area. This page will give you everything you need to know about starting a group. Students are organizing all across the country to end gun violence in America, and you can learn more about the resources and tools available for student organizers by signing up to start a group.
If you are ready to take the next step and start your own Students Demand Action group, you’ll need:
- A Student Leader (you can also have co-leaders or start with a whole group of leaders but you need a minimum of one student leader to form your group)
- A Students Demand Action Group Advisor (see below for requirements and qualifications)
- A Location (Students Demand Action Groups can be hosted in schools, colleges, universities, libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations, or nonprofits)
Student Leaders - Each Students Demand Action Group must have at least one Group Leader. In addition to adding co-leaders, you can also add these leadership roles:
- Students Demand Action Social Lead
- Students Demand Action Speaker
- Students Demand Action Events Lead
- Students Demand Action Membership Lead
- Students Demand Action Tools & Technology Lead
Students Demand Action Group Advisors: Students Demand Action Group Advisors can be Teachers or Professors, Librarians, Moms Demand Action Volunteer Leaders, or Parents.
Group Advisors should attend Students Demand Action Group meetings and connect the group with the Moms Demand Action Student Liaison in order to access resources for the student group. Group Advisors will have access to training and research materials about organizing and gun violence prevention, as well as the ability to network with educators across the country who are interested in reducing gun violence.
About Students Demand Action
Students Demand Action, an initiative of Everytown for Gun Safety, was created by and for teens and young adults, to help engage the power, energy and creativity of high school and college students in the fight against gun violence.Mission:
Students Demand Action plays a vital role in addressing the pervasive gun violence that has put us, the young people of America under attack, and is now the third leading cause of death of people 17 and under. We are taking the necessary actions to put the lives and safety of all Americans ahead of the interests of the gun lobby, where elected officials have failed to do so. We are mobilizing fellow high school and college students across the country to ensure that elected leaders enact and enforce common sense gun laws, and to promote a culture that values our lives.
Students Demand Action works to:
- Educate the country on the reality of gun violence in America and how it affects us.
- Activate our fellow students, survivors, parents and other concerned Americans to take action to hold our elected leaders accountable, pass gun sense legislation, and promote culture change to save lives.
- Leverage the unique talents and creativity of American youth to grow the movement to end gun violence and save lives.
Students Demand Action is committed to creating a platform for a diversity of voices and action driven by young people in a grassroots movement working in partnership with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown Survivor Network, both part of Everytown for Gun SafetyPolicy Platform:
Students Demand Action works on the same policy priorities as Everytown and Moms Demand Action at the state and federal level. Visit this page to become acquainted with the issues we work on. Specific priorities vary from state to state.