Watch: How young leaders combat gun violence from the root causes
After the Parkland shooting that took 17 young lives last February, students in Chicago decided to step up and speak out. Through grassroots organization, the young leaders of Communities United started a movement to spotlight their daily struggles and demand investment in communities of color. These students are advocating for employment opportunities, mental health services and funding for public schools as a way to combat gun violence by tackling the root causes.
Communities United brings youth and adults together to address issues of systemic social, economic and racial justice. Since its founding in 2000, the organization has won big legislative victories, including building two schools to relieve overcrowding, providing in-state tuition for undocumented students, and preserving affordable housing for families.
Watch these young leaders turn ideas into action and lay the foundation for real change. We can learn a lot from them if we listen. Follow the rest of Brave New Films’ series Following Their Lead: Youth in Action for other young leaders who are challenging the system and fighting for justice.