Who We Are
Through a cadre of volunteers and the resourcefulness of student members, SAVE Promise Clubs are growing and making a positive difference across the nation. SAVE Promise Clubs are a unique and powerful approach to youth safety because it recognizes the role that young people can take in making schools and communities safer. Because SAVE Promise Clubs are established and operated by students, the opportunity to spread the message of nonviolence to young people and their communities is enhanced. SAVE students are providing positive peer influences in violence prevention and safety efforts.
History of SAVE
In April of 1989, over 200 students from West Charlotte Senior High School 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 Alex fell to the floor. Surrounded by shaken friends and schoolmates, Alex lost his life at the hand of violence.
The following week, students returned to school mourning yet another young life lost to violence. Joining together in their grief, they vowed that something was going to change, and change for the better! The group formed Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE).
In 2017, SAVE and Sandy Hook Promise combined efforts to collectively expand our reach and sustain our work on educating and empowering young people to help prevent violence BEFORE it happens. There are now SAVE Promise Clubs across the country. Join us as SAVE Promise Clubs engage, empower, encourage and educate youth in Knowing the Signs and creating safer schools and communities.
Learn more about SAVE Promise Clubs:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Let’s Get Started! SAVE Action Planning
- Benefits of Registering a SAVE Promise Club
- Register a SAVE Promise Club
- Calendar of Events
- Monthly Focus
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