Hello student leaders! In honor of Alex Orange and the legacy of SAVE, celebrate National SAVE Day by sharing how you and your Club are taking action to make a difference. Use your voice to lift up what’s important to you and get others involved.
Take the challenge and join other youth in SAVE Promise Clubs across the country to fill social media feeds with messages of action, change, and hope. Use this prompt to Educate, Empower, Encourage, and Engage:
Copy and paste “My #SAVEPromiseClub is taking action to . . .” in your post along with your answer and one of the graphics below. Or include your own photo or video. Share on any social media channel where you are active.
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In April of 1989, students from West Charlotte Senior High School in North Carolina gathered at a party, a “stop the violence” jam. A carload of young men from a rival school showed up armed and looking for trouble. As teens panicked, 17-year-old Alex Orange stepped forward. Alex, a fullback on the West Charlotte football team, was a young man who looked out for other people. Alex told the intruders this was no place for violence. Sadly, shots were fired, and Alex fell to the floor. Surrounded by shaken friends and schoolmates, Alex lost his life to gun violence.
The following week, students returned to school mourning yet another young life lost too soon to violence. Joining together in their grief, they formed Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE).
In 2017, SAVE and Sandy Hook Promise combined efforts to educate and empower young people to help prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization.