Student Voices

The ICHV Student Voices Program is designed to get youth thinking, speaking and acting in response to gun violence. Affected by gun violence in all its forms (community violence, accidental shooting and suicides), youth in Illinois have much to say on this issue. Through our Contest, we provide an outlet for expression and a platform for youth to be heard. Our Curriculum offerings and Workshops facilitate conversations with youth on the causes of and possible solutions to the complex issue of gun violence. And, through our Activist Institute Project, we help youth put their thoughts and words into action as they are trained in leadership and activism and ultimately create their own anti-violence campaign. By engaging the youth of Illinois as agents of change and voices to be listened to, the Student Voices Program ensures that youth are included in the debate about gun violence and in creating solutions to ultimately reduce the incidence of death and injury caused by gun violence.

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2018-2019 Student Voices Contest Packet – DEADLINE March 4, 2019

Student Voices 2017



Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the U.S. working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. Founded in 1975 by four suburban Chicago women concerned about the tragic consequences of handgun proliferation and availability, ICHV works on a variety of fronts to educate, raise public awareness, and build coalitions to enact change in laws and behavior. For 40 years, ICHV has been a leader among state gun violence prevention groups.


222 S. Morgan Street
Suite 4A
Chicago, Illinois 60607

p) 312. 243. ICHV (4248)
f) 312. 243. 4258

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