Summit 2017

National SAVE Youth Summit!
April 1, 2017 – NC State McKimmon Center

Check out the Summit Program! 

SAVE is excitesummit logod to host the National SAVE Youth Summit in Raleigh, NC at the NC State McKimmon Center on April 1, 2017.   This fun and educational event is a time for youth to  showcase effective violence prevention strategies and share their successes with their peers.

The National SAVE Youth Advisory Board has chosen Mother Teresa’s quote to be this year’s theme: Peace Begins With a Smile!

This event is a time for youth voices to be heard in workshops, peer-to-peer presentations, and activities that Encourage, Educate, Engage, and Empower youth with violence prevention strategies. Learn how SAVE chapters are addressing youth violence, bullying, gangs, dating violence, theft, social media safety, substance abuse, self harm and teen driving safety.  There will be motivating workshops, outstanding speakers, national awareness efforts and special presentations.  View the Summit Program.

Who Should Attend:

  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Law Enforcement
  • Community Members
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Youth Leaders
  • Parents
  • Coaches
  • School Safety Coordinators
  • Dropout Prevention Coordinator

Featured Speakers

Stand Strong, Strive, Survive


Kaylin Roberson

At the tender age of 9, Kaylin Roberson was viciously attacked by a dog rendering wounds that required facial reconstruction and life support. Kaylin experienced bullying and low self esteem as a result of her injuries. This experience and it’s aftermath fueled a passionate and compelling artistry and portal to combat negativity.  Learn how Kaylin overcame fear and judgement and how she became an upstander to bullying.  Kaylin will share how to be a role model and  to love yourself and your own uniqueness.

Kaylin is a singer, songwriter and pianist/guitarist based out of Raleigh, N C. She is a passionate powerhouse making an indelible imprint on the country/country pop scene. Kaylin has recently been honored with distinguished titles such as Deep South Entertainment’s Open Mic champion, the youngest champion in the venues history, forging the path to her recent EP release titled “Run Back To You”. “Run Back To You” has been featured on Large Market Country Station of the Year 94.7 QDR as part of their Homegrown Carolina Country Series. Kaylin has also been named North American Country Music Association International Female Vocalist of the Year New Country 2016; Clayton’s Teen Idol; winner of Clayton’s Got Talent; and featured on Raleigh, NC based television station WRAL as an “artist to watch in 2016“. Kaylin’s passion for song writing exudes in her sultry, tragic, charismatic composition defined by everyday life experiences.   She has recently had the distinct honor to co-write with the legendary Don Goodman and Tom Worth off Music Row and record at the legendary Dark Horse Recording Studio. Kaylin’s playing accolades include venues from all over the state of North & South Carolina to a sold out show at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN. This alluring captivating artist is knocking on door steps in a town near you.

The Founders

Dawne Orange, Gary Weart, Angie Bynum

Angie Bynum became the Co-Founder of SAVE twenty-eight years ago after the death of her Best Friend, Alex Orange. She founded SAVE in an effort to relate in detail, her experience to students throughout the US and in hopes that her friend’s death wouldn’t be in vain. Angie is currently a Arrest Process Analyst for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. She also has been an active member of the North Carolina Air National Guard for 24 years. In both of her current roles, Angie uses her past experiences to assist, support, and influence people in the community and all over the world. Angie is one of SAVE’s speakers and serves on the SAVE Alumni Committee. She takes pleasure in continuing to spread her message, empowering and encouraging students to make positive choices in school and in the community today, as she did many years ago.

Dawne Orange has been an avid supporter of SAVE since the loss of her son to a random act of violence.   His life ended, but his legacy of being a peacemaker has lived on.  The fellowship of young people, with the common vision of ending tragedies caused by violence, is known as SAVE.  

Gary Weart has served in the capacity of teacher, coach, administrator, university supervisor, and violence prevention specialist. His 43 years of experience have involved all levels of students from kindergarten through graduate students in college. Mr. Weart was the first advisor and Cofounder of SAVE at West Charlotte High in 1989. Mr. Weart has received numerous awards and recognition for his efforts to address the issue of youth violence. He was an Olympic Torch carrier in 1996 and again in 2001. He received the “Presidential Service Award” from former President Clinton and a “Point of Light” from former President George W. Bush. He has been featured with Mr. William Friday on “NC People,” and recognized by the National Crime Prevention Council with a National Youth Service Award. In addition, Mr. Weart was the recipient of an “International Peace Hero Award,” from Discovery Toys. He has authored a book entitled: “A Teacher Shoots Back: Targeting School Violence.” This work chronicles not only the history of the SAVE Organization but is also a memoir of his life.

Sabrina Steger

Sabrina Steger is Kayce’s Mother. On December 1, 1997, Kayce became an “Angel Too Soon” when she was gunned down at a student led prayer meeting by a fellow student at Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky. Since her daughter’s death, Sabrina has done everything in her power to help this nation find answers for such mindless violence. She has testified before the United States Congress and has appeared on almost every talk show on television. Sabrina will touch your heart and will cause you to think. As a spokesperson for SAVE, a nurse, and a firewoman, Sabrina brings experience and emotion to the reality of youth violence.

#spreadkindness: Re-Writing Our Stories and Re-Thinking Our Strategies 

Ripon College Speakers Bureau

Join the Ripon College Speakers Bureau for a dynamic presentation about re-thinking our approach to bullying prevention. Through story-telling and story re-telling, the speakers will help you re-write the story of bullying in your school to help #spreadkindness. Along the way, they’ll share the story of how they helped one middle school learn to #spreadkindness all year long!

The Ripon College Speakers Bureau empowers college students to use their voices to make a difference. Ripon College Speakers Bureau students regularly work with K-12 students to #spreadkindness and prevent violence. Members of the Ripon College Speakers Bureau contributing to this presentation include: Avery Herbon, a junior from Antioch, IL studying communication, psychology, and theater; Maddie Vandenhouten, a senior from Green Bay, WI majoring in communication and minoring in Spanish and education; Lauren Hince, a junior from Minneapolis, MN majoring in communication and politics; Allison Macknick,a senior from Sheboygan, WI, majoring in theatre and minoring in communication; Justin Filter is a sophomore from Janesville, Wisconsin, majoring in Communication with a minor in Military Science; and Thomas Phillipsen, a sophomore from Waupaca, WI, majoring in communication with a minor in law and society.

 Break Out Sessions

My Best Friend is The Bully – Presented by Ripon College Speakers Bureau 

What do you do when you realize your best friend is bullying? How can you make them aware that they are hurting people? How can you encourage them to change? And what can you do if you realize they are bullying you, too? This interactive workshop will help you devise strategies to protect yourself and others from a “friend” who isn’t so friendly after all.  (All)

Bullying and LGBTQ Awareness – Cuthbertson High School SAVE

In this session, teens will learn to recognize, stop, and get help when they fall into a situation of bullying. On top of that, we will raise awareness for the LGBTQ society to give youth a better understanding. We aim to inform and empower youth to end bullying and support LGBTQ youth. (MS/HS)

Preventing Distracted and Impaired Driving with Youth – Jack Britt High School SAVE

This workshop will discuss the dangers of driving while impaired and driving while distracted. We will share ways you can bring awareness to your school and how to handle situations when you have students who HAVE experienced that. (HS)

Stop Preventing the Bad; Start Promoting the Good  – Presented by Ripon College Speakers Bureau 

This interactive session will help you develop new strategies to encourage positive behaviors in your school and community. Rather than focus so much on programming about preventing “bullying,” learn how to advocate for #spreadkindness and create your own positive, innovative approaches. (All)

Collaboration for a Cause – Highland School of Technology SAVE 

Highland SAVE will be teach a session on collaboration and how it is beneficial. Learn ideas to take back to your chapter and many examples of fun community service events we have done in the past and how to incorporate them into your own chapters. (All)

X-Ray: The Higher Energy of Young Leaders – Laney High School SAVE Chapter

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, similar to visible light. Unlike light, however, x-rays have higher energy. In the same way, young people are similar to people who have been alive longer but they have higher energy! What can this higher level of energy accomplish? Learn how to apply your energy positively, by learning how to break down stereotypes and share your strengths and abilities throughout your communities. (HS)

Get Out of My Face! – Presented by Ripon College Speakers Bureau

This session will explore the ideas of “face” (how we present our identity) and “altercasting” (how we force our assumptions onto others).  Learn about the dangers of altercasting others to benefit our own “face.” Finally, we will develop plans we can all use to raise awareness of these behaviors at our schools. (All) 

Social Media “The Ugly Truth – Presented by Optimism Preventive Services SAVE 

It’s Silence! Social media appears to be enlightening , engaging and entertaining. However, for many teens it can also be depressing. Contributing factors: Sexting, Cyberbullying, Addiction or Obsession. (ALL)

You & Five-O – Presented by retired Deputy Police Chief B.J. Council

You & Five-O, LLC is a hands-on interactive presentation that teaches practical strategies to employ when interacting with law enforcement.  You & Five-O places an emphasis on mutual respect between citizens and law enforcement, empowers the participant with tools of engagement that tout the merits of compliance, and promotes the ultimate goal of survival and uninterrupted freedom. Taught by retired Deputy Police Chief B.J. Council, You & Five-O, LLC pays homage to the merits of compliance and communication with officers of the law and teaches a healthy mutual respect between law enforcement and citizens with the ultimate goal of survival. Topics range from traffic stops to searches, and participants are given ample opportunity to ask questions during and after the presentation. (MS/HS)

The Anonymous Bully: New Trends in Cyberbullying – Presented by Ripon College Speakers Bureau 

In an era of rapidly expanding technology, “new” media become yesterday’s news faster than we can keep up. In this session we will explore some of the very latest trends in social media and technological programs popular with teenagers. Specifically, we will discuss the ways some new media worsen the reach and damage of cyberbullying via enhanced anonymity for those who bully. Together, we will consider how SAVE chapters can help educate teachers and parents about these dangers. (Advisors Only)

“Toilet Talk” Using Social Norms to Share Messages – Presented by Chapel Hill HS

Do you wonder what your classmates are thinking about things? We will show you how to design & conduct “fun facts” polling with your school. Design your poll, collect your results and share them. Plus add in important teen safety facts. Explore what we believe is happening vs. what the actual behaviors & facts are. Celebrate the positive choices! (MS/HS)

Spreading Peace One Step at a Time – Presented by Renee Baker

A playful exploration into mindfulness for young people, which will include yoga, calming breathing practices, small group activities and introduction to meditation. By becoming still and listening to what is in our hearts we can learn how to understand others and express compassion. Bring an open mind and a willingness to try! (ES)

What Makes You Smile? 

SAVE chapter members are asked to create an 8 1/2 X 11 poster with the theme of “What Makes You Smile?.” Be sure to include your name, chapter and state on your posters. Posters will be displayed at the Summit. If you cannot attend the Summit, please mail your chapter’s poster to the National SAVE office before March 15, 2017.

Call for Photos

SAVE is collecting photos for a slide show that will premier at the SAVE Summit. Send us photos of your chapters in action, or pictures of SAVE members and their favorite peace quote!

Chapters are also welcome to submit their own slide shows or videos. SAVE will select several to play in the general sessions at the summit. Submit by March 15, 2017 to

Hotel Information: Hotels near the McKimmon Center

We have a block of rooms at the following:

Comfort Suites 
1200 Hurricane Alley Way Raleigh, NC 27607
$99 special for 2 Queen Room – must be booked by 2/24/17
Call: 919-854-0502 Specify room block name when reserving: Students Against Violence Everywhere- Attendees

Summit Sponsors:

Allstate Foundation

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