About the Summit
Who is doing this?
In June, a group of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida began reaching out on social media to students across the country asking if there was interest in coming together to agree on meaningful policy proposals and develop an action plan to make them law. They found overwhelming support and interest and began to plan a Summit in Washington, DC this fall.
The students created The Students For Change Foundation, a 501(c)(3). Then, a 501(c)(4) organization was created with their teacher Melissa Falkowski, along with Jami Amo (a survivor of the Columbine shooting), and Abbey Clements (a teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School). Together, the students and teachers of both organizations started reaching out to students nationwide to form a student advisory committee.
Why have a Summit?
Students across the country face a constant threat of gun violence after years of inaction and indecision by many of our leaders, so we’re taking matters into our own hands by developing a Students’ Bill of Rights. By coming together, sharing ideas, and agreeing on policy principles, students, teachers, and parents across the country will be empowered to organize.
Who is paying for this?
We are fortunate to have the support of a number of groups who are committed to student rights and safety, including the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.
Students’ Bill of Rights
How will you settle on the final text?
Submissions from students will be aggregated for review and prioritization by the student delegates prior to the Summit. When assembled, students will discuss the details of the Students’ Bill of Rights and ratify the final text. These proceedings will be streamed live so the public can follow along.
How can I submit a policy proposal?
If you’re interested in becoming a delegate or submitting your ideas, you can do so here.
Where can I review all of the policy proposals?
Right now we are in the process of gathering ideas to include in the Students’ Bill of Rights. Once collected, draft proposals will be circulated for discussion prior to the Summit. The final document will be agreed to by the delegates and shared at that time.
What can I do to help?
Students, parents, and teachers can get involved in any number of ways. But, if you’re looking to get involved now, share why you support taking action to eliminate gun violence on your favorite social media platform using the hashtag #TimeToTalk.
I’m a student but can’t attend. What else can I do?
We’re creating many ways for students to be involved. Help us spread the word by using the hashtag #TimeToTalk on any social media platform. And, stay tuned for details on livestreaming options during the Summit and other ways you can stay involved after.
Are there volunteer opportunities?
Yes. Right now, we’re looking for educators who can attend the Summit as advisors/chaperones. There are other ways for students, teachers, and parents to get involved right away.
Will there be any events for the public?
The agenda is still in development, but the public will be able to follow the Summit via livestream. Check back for other details as they become available.
Attending the Summit
How much will it cost?
It’s free! If you are selected to attend, travel and lodging will be provided at no cost. If you have the means and would like to cover your own costs, that can be arranged as we’re scheduling.
Will there be chaperones?
Yes. We are looking for educators to be part of the Summit and help guide the students. If you’re interested in being a chaperone, please let us know.
Can I attend with my child?
A block of rooms will be available at the main hotel for parents who would like to accompany their child. Unfortunately, we will not be able to cover travel or lodging costs for parents.
What kind of security will be in place to keep students safe?
We will have professional security on site and are working with D.C.’s Metropolitan Police to provide a safe and gun-free environment for the Summit.
I don’t have a child in school but would like to attend. Is that possible?
Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate the general public at the event.