Activist Institute

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.

AI Program Request Form

AI Program Scholarship Application Form

Lesson Plan Week 1

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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