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National SAVE Promise Club Youth Summit

SAVE Promise Clubs: Grow Your Legacy

Charlotte, NC - April 20, 2024

Join us as we celebrate 35 years of students taking action! This annual gathering of SAVE Promise Club youth leaders showcases best practices in preventing violence and helping young people feel connected, and make schools and communities safer with:

  • Youth-led workshops
  • Peer-to-peer presentations
  • Group activities
  • And special guest speakers

… each designed to encourage, educate, engage, and empower youth to look out for one another and prevent violence.

Check out this printable flyer.
Watch this year’s promotional video.
Take a look at what last year’s Summit looked like!

Grow Your Legacy: Save Promise Clubs, 35 Years

Top 5 Reasons to Come to the Summit

  1. Meet young leaders across the country that are just as passionate about preventing violence as you are!
  2. Get fresh activities that your SAVE Promise Clubs can do to make your school and community safer!
  3. Learn best practices from some of the country’s most successful and longest-running SAVE Promise Clubs!
  4. Connect with other clubs and experience the energy of hundreds of others with the same mission of violence prevention!
  5. It’s so much unforgettable fun that you’ll want to come back year after year!

What Youth Say

I really enjoyed how everyone was very welcoming, and it made me feel more comfortable being at my first in person SAVE Summit. I will do my best to bring that same type of positivity back to my community.

This was my first ever SAVE summit and I’m so glad I attended. I met so many people and it’s nice to see everyone who wants to make a difference come together.

What Adults Say

I really enjoyed the day I spent at the summit. Although I will take back information, the best thing about the Summit for me was seeing young people empowered and leading adults.

2023-24 Youth Advisory Board members jumping

The National SAVE Promise Club Youth Summit is organized by youth and for youth! The annual event brings together hundreds of students from across the country to connect on important issues like mental health, advocacy, social inclusivity, and violence prevention.

Registration Information

Registration has closed to attend this year’s Summit.

Financial Support

Raise Funds for Your Club to Attend
Clubs from across the nation travel to attend the Summit each year. Clubs are responsible for raising their own funds to attend the SAVE Promise Club Youth Summit. Check out these ideas: SAVE Promise Club Fundraising Ideas.

2024 SAVE Promise Club National Youth Summit

Workshop Application

Share your SAVE Promise Club activities and ideas!

We strongly encourage workshop sessions to be youth-led, interactive, and highlight how your club  embraces this year’s theme of “Grow Your Legacy.” Workshops will last 40 minutes. This application should be completed by a registered SAVE Promise Club advisor. 

All applications must be received by January 30, 2024. 

Dynamic Speakers

Aaliyah Stewart, ASW Foundation

Aaliyah Stewart

Founder of ASW Foundation

When Aaliyah speaks, people of all ages take the time to listen. Aaliyah is a captivating, purpose driven motivational speaker whose life story resonates with audiences of all ages. By 15 years old, Aaliyah had already attended 12 funerals, three of which were for her own family members. She has grown from tragedy to triumph and now she is leading the next generation of world changers to do the same in their communities. Now 23 years old, Aaliyah lives with dedication to action. She uses her voice as a mentor to promote peace. 

Kendall Lewis

Kendall Lewis

Mental Health Survivor

Kendall Lewis is a senior at Hickory Ridge High School in North Carolina. She enjoys reading, song writing, soccer and spending time with family and friends.  Kendall is also a mental health survivor. Through awareness and the benefits offered by the Say Something Program, a friend made the call and Kendall’s world changed forever. Today, Kendall is thriving and is looking forward to attending college this fall. She hopes that her story inspires someone to keep living.

Gary Weart, SAVE co-founder
Angie Bynum and Dawne Orange

Dawne Orange, Gary Weart, Angie Bynum

Founders of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE)

In April of 1989, over 200 students from West Charlotte Senior High School (NC) gathered at a party. 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, surrounded by shaken friends and schoolmates, Alex lost his life to gun violence. The following week, students joined together in their grief and vowed that something was going to change, and change for the better! Dawne Orange lost a son, Angie Bynum lost her best friend, and Gary Weart lost a student and an athlete…out of their tenacity to transform their grief into action and ensure Alex’s death was not in vain, Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) was born.

Mark Barden

Mark Barden

Sandy Hook Promise Co-founder & CEO of Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund

Mark is the father of Daniel Barden, one of 20 first-graders murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School along with six educators. Mark has dedicated himself to bringing people together to find sensible solutions that will prevent future tragedies. Mark focuses on policy and outreach efforts designed to protect kids in schools, homes, and communities.

Nicole Hockley

Sandy Hook Promise Co-founder & CEO of Sandy Hook Promise Foundation

Nicole is the mother of Dylan Hockley who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She is a frequent speaker and media contributor, raising awareness of the warning signs of potential violence, suicide, or self-harm, the power of youth leadership, and the importance of a holistic approach to ending the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.

Who Should Attend the Youth Summit?

  • SAVE Promise Club Members and Advisors
  • Youth Educators and Administrators
  • School Resource Officers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Youth Leaders
  • Parents
  • Coaches
  • School Safety Leaders
  • Promise Leaders

Agenda at a Glance

Friday, April 19, 2024
7:00 p.m. to  9:00 p.m. – Pre-Registration & Welcome Reception

Saturday, April 20, 2024
9:00 a.m. – Registration & Activities
10:00 a.m. – Opening Sessions
11:00 a.m. – Workshop Sessions
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Workshop Sessions
2:00 p.m. – Closing Sessions
3:00 p.m. – Safe Travels Home

For Our Out of Town Guests

Airport Information
You will fly into Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Hotel Information
Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel
3315 Scott Futrell Drive Charlotte, North Carolina 28208

The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle and breakfast is included in the room rate.

Book your group rate for SAVE Summit April 2024

  • Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel for 139 USD per night (1 to 2 people per room)
  • Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel for 159 USD per night (3 people per room)
  • Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel for 179 USD per night (4 people per room)

Rate will change with increased occupancy per person.

Our 9 YAB members for 23-24

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Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Clubs are the youth leadership initiative of Sandy Hook Promise. Led by our National Youth Advisory Board, the aim is to empower young leaders to take an active role in increasing school safety and preventing violence in schools and communities.

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