The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence is a national program that encourages young people to abstain from gun violence. The simple language of the pledge acknowledges that young people have the ability to make their own constructive decisions and can play an important role in preventing gun violence.
I will never bring a gun to school;
I will never use a gun to settle a personal problem or dispute;
I will use my influence with friends to keep them from using guns to settle disputes.
My individual choices and actions, when multiplied by those of young people throughout the country, will make a difference.
Together, by honoring this pledge, we can reverse the violence and grow up in safety.
Since the program’s creation in 1996, over 10 million students nationwide have signed the pledge. As part of the Pledge Against Gun Violence, each year the program observes a Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence on October 22. As part of the observance, students may reflect on the impact gun violence has had on their communities, and/or celebrate the lives of kids who were killed as a result of gun violence.
The program starts a conversation with young people about gun violence and connects teachers, counselors, and community leaders to valuable resources for prevention. With the help of this program, schools can integrate gun violence prevention with existing academic programs and learn about other ways to participate.
NMPGV has partnered with the creator of the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence, Mary Lewis Grow, since 2014. Since working in Santa Fe Public Schools there has been a 54% drop in our students bringing weapons to school (Source: YouthRisk.org). We continue to implement the Pledge in schools throughout New Mexico and hope to see it used statewide in the near future.
For more information on the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence go to: www.pledge.org