After the Parkland shooting, schools and students reached out to NMPGV for help. NMPGV created venues where students could communicate their ideas, and we supported their planned activities. We held panel discussions at Capitol High School, Desert Academy and the Mandela Charter School on the issue of gun violence in New Mexico. We helped more than 30 students from schools plan a Youth Rally Against Gun Violence at the Capitol on April 20th. Close to 500 students attended the rally. In planning for the day, NMPGV helped the students understand New Mexico’s gun laws (or lack thereof), brought in a victim of gun violence so they could hear her story, helped facilitate a legislative panel, and of course fed the students while they worked. In addition, we got students on the radio and on local television to speak about gun violence. The day included a panel with legislators, law enforcement, and suicide prevention experts as well as a student rally, a lie in, and letter writing to legislators demanding they do something on gun violence.