In an effort to empower youth with the information and skills necessary to challenge gun violence in our communities, ICHV created the Student Voices Activist Institute, the newest aspect of the Student Voices program. The Activist Institute trains youth as leaders and activists in their communities, providing them with the support and resources to plan and implement a civic action campaign that specifically addresses the issue of gun violence.
The Activist Institute is tailored toward high school and middle school level youth. Positive youth development strategies are implemented to allow youth to take charge and develop necessary qualities to become strong leaders. Participants are educated on the dangers of guns, the root causes of gun violence and positive action steps that can be taken to change their world. Students then work together, under the guidance of ICHV, to develop their own school-wide action campaign. This program gives students the facts and tools to make positive changes in their community, and instills in them the notion that they can make a difference and change the realities they have inherited.