Excerpt from JCYC Up Close Spring 2018 In my 22 years as JCYC’s Executive Director, I have learned many valuable lessons. Perhaps the most important is that young people have an incredible, though often untapped, ability to create significant change in our society. Over the years, I have spoken to hundreds of youth about their power to determine the future and the ultimate path of our country. However, in all my years of working with young people, I have never witnessed anything like the events which transpired this past March. To see youth across the country stand up for reasonable restrictions on guns was truly an amazing sight to see. I have always believed down to my core that young people have it within them to alter the direction of this country and to see it happening was an incredibly re-affirming moment. I was fortunate to be in Washington, D.C. during the National School Walkout when organizers placed pairs of shoes on the lawn in front of the United States Capitol for every child that has been lost to gun violence. I saw images of youth pushing through locked gates and defying school administrations who opposed the walkout. I heard the speeches of youth who are tired of excuses and demanded that they become a priority in America. I’d like to say that I could have delivered such eloquent words when I was still in high school, but I couldn’t touch the youth of today who speak with such passion and conviction. Then came the March For Our Lives, and to see the thousands upon thousands of youth who participated throughout the country, was overwhelming. I was moved beyond words. Here are young people, some as young as elementary school aged, telling adults and policy makers what they know intuitively to be true: that the Second Amendment of this country’s constitution has been twisted into a shameful agenda for gun manufacturers. These children know all too well how the distorted assertion of “freedom” by those who oppose gun control is being made at the expense of young lives. As I listened to politicians around the country scold these young people as though they were behaving badly, I could not help but feel sorry for their misguided rants. While they may feel that they can dismiss our youth as non- voting annoyances, what they do not realize is they are only fueling a fire that is spreading across the country. These young people have begun to understand their power, and they are using it. At JCYC, we stand with the youth all over this country who are demanding change. We will not stand by and allow politicians to advocate for the accessibility of assault weapons over the lives of children. We will not stand by and allow laws which are meant to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals to be dismissed as over regulation. We will support our children by building an army of hope, who are registered to vote, and understand the importance of participating in the political process. And when these young people fan out across the country at various colleges and communities outside of California, they will do so with the knowledge that the future of this country lies in their hands. To download a complete version of JCYC Up Close Spring 2018, click here.

A Message from the Executive Director

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NAVIGATION
JCYC’S SOCIAL MEDIA
ADDRESS 2012 Pine Street San Francisco, CA 94115
CONTACT info@jcyc.org Tel:  (415) 202-7900 Fax: (415) 921-1841

A Message from the

Executive Director

Excerpt from JCYC Up Close Spring 2018 In my 22 years as JCYC’s Executive Director, I have learned many valuable lessons. Perhaps the most important is that young people have an incredible, though often untapped, ability to create significant change in our society. Over the years, I have spoken to hundreds of youth about their power to determine the future and the ultimate path of our country. However, in all my years of working with young people, I have never witnessed anything like the events which transpired this past March. To see youth across the country stand up for reasonable restrictions on guns was truly an amazing sight to see. I have always believed down to my core that young people have it within them to alter the direction of this country and to see it happening was an incredibly re-affirming moment. I was fortunate to be in Washington, D.C. during the National School Walkout when organizers placed pairs of shoes on the lawn in front of the United States Capitol for every child that has been lost to gun violence. I saw images of youth pushing through locked gates and defying school administrations who opposed the walkout. I heard the speeches of youth who are tired of excuses and demanded that they become a priority in America. I’d like to say that I could have delivered such eloquent words when I was still in high school, but I couldn’t touch the youth of today who speak with such passion and conviction. Then came the March For Our Lives, and to see the thousands upon thousands of youth who participated throughout the country, was overwhelming. I was moved beyond words. Here are young people, some as young as elementary school aged, telling adults and policy makers what they know intuitively to be true: that the Second Amendment of this country’s constitution has been twisted into a shameful agenda for gun manufacturers. These children know all too well how the distorted assertion of “freedom” by those who oppose gun control is being made at the expense of young lives. As I listened to politicians around the country scold these young people as though they were behaving badly, I could not help but feel sorry for their misguided rants. While they may feel that they can dismiss our youth as non-voting annoyances, what they do not realize is they are only fueling a fire that is spreading across the country. These young people have begun to understand their power, and they are using it. At JCYC, we stand with the youth all over this country who are demanding change. We will not stand by and allow politicians to advocate for the accessibility of assault weapons over the lives of children. We will not stand by and allow laws which are meant to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals to be dismissed as over regulation. We will support our children by building an army of hope, who are registered to vote, and understand the importance of participating in the political process. And when these young people fan out across the country at various colleges and communities outside of California, they will do so with the knowledge that the future of this country lies in their hands. To download a complete version of JCYC Up Close Spring 2018, click here.