Summit 2015

The 2016 National SAVE Summit will be held March 12, 2016! The Summit will take place at the NC State McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC.


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National SAVE Summit
March 21, 2015
NC State McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC

PRESS RELEASE: March 6, 2015- Youth-Led Conference Empowers Students to Help Prevent Violence in U.S. Schools

March 13, 2015-Nonprofit News Roundup Philanthropy North Carolina

March 19, 2015- Youth Led Conference Empowers Students to help Prevent Violence in U.S. Schools– Raleigh Happening

March 20, 2015-Students Head to SAVE Summit

March 21, 2015- SAVE Summit Held in Raleigh-Watch it: Time Warner Cable NEWS

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SAVE is excited to be planning the  SAVE Youth Summit in Raleigh, NC at the NC State McKimmon Center.   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 this year’s theme: Join SAVE on the Road Less Traveled!  

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.


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

Mike Hall youth speaker 7KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Mike Hall: Zero to Hero!

“One day, you will wake up, and the life you have and the life you want…with be the same thing.” – Mike Hall

Growing up in a Navy family, moving was a part of life. For Mike, being the new kid at school over and over took it’s toll. He simply wanted to matter and belong somewhere. Life was a big, painful, frustrating let-down.

By implementing strategies that he shares with his audiences across America and beyond, Mike’s life went from ZERO to HERO by his senior year. The lacrosse team voted him as captain and he was the star player. His confidence was at an all time high even before he was approached in the hallway at school by a girl from the newspaper. 670 seniors had just voted Mike as the, “Person Most Likely to Change the World.”  He has a deep passion to see people live the life they’ve always wanted. A life with meaning. A life that matters. The life of a HERO.

Friends kept nagging Mike to write, and so he did. In the past 3 years, he’s written two books. The Only 2 Words Young Leaders Must Know gives one of the clearest and easily implementable strategies for influential leadership you’ll find. He also penned Jigsaw, a fun and poignant plan for growing up, for teens. Several schools have developed school-wide projects and even offer classes using Jigsaw as the curriculum. Learn more at


angieAngie Bynum became the Co-Founder of SAVE twenty-six 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 22 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.

Gary WeartGary Weart has served in the capacity of teacher, coach, administrator, university supervisor, and violence prevention specialist. His 39 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 and currently serves as a teacher and SAVE Advisor at Academic Magnet High School in Charleston, SC. 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.

laurie schloff

 Laurie Schloff is a renowned author, communications coach, and the Director of Executive Training at The Speech Improvement Company, Inc. Her nationwide reputation as an author, trainer and coach has made her a frequent guest expert on TV, radio and in print. She appeared on the Oprah and Today Show and is a contributor to magazines including Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Ladies Home Journal, and Women’s Health. Schloff is the author of several popular books including Smart Speaking, He and She Talk and Speech Gems. Schloff’s fourth book, Twenty Twinkling Stars, is her first for children and was inspired by the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Proceeds from this book benefit SAVE.  Laurie earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Rutgers University and master’s degree from Columbia University.

 Music Video Contest:


SAVE chapters are invited to get creative and make a video for the song “American Boy.” The winning video will be shared on social media and recognized at the National SAVE Summit! The video can consist of recorded video clips or of a slideshow with pictures and words. Send your video link to by March 6, 2015. If you haven’t downloaded the song “American Boy” by the Tony Dorsey Band, you can purchase it on iTunes or at the SAVE store.

 Create a SAVE License Plate:licenseplate

SAVE chapters are asked to create a visual of their SAVE Chapter to display at the National SAVE Summit! This year’s visual should be in the design of a vanity license plate. A standard license plate is 6” X 12.” Please display your nonviolent messages on heavy paper, like cardstock or poster board, and bring to the Summit. Be creative! If you cannot attend the Summit, please mail your chapter’s license plates to the National SAVE office before March 6, 2015.

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Hotel Information:

For those who will be traveling from out of town, a block of rooms are being held for the night of Friday, March 20, 2015 under the group code : SAVE STUDENTS AGAINST VIOLENCE SUMMIT or SSA at:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
3741 Thistledown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

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2 Queen Beds with breakfast: $94.99 Plus tax
Book early! Limited number of rooms available and reservation rate only available until 2/26/15.


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