NRS’ Organization of the Month* for March is a new one. In fact, they have only been in existence since mid February. Their mission closely aligns with NRS’ mission to keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. And not only are they are working to keep youth safe, their members’ ages are the same as the target population NRS works to protect 24/7/365. The March Organization of the Month is Never Again MSD.
Survivors of the senseless massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. on Valentine’s Day, 2018 have created a movement to prevent another tragedy from happening. Never Again MSD was created by youth involved in the theater program at the high school in the four days after the crime occurred.
Their mission is simple: Not one more.
We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.
Never Again MSD’s work aligns with our mission to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the street. According to NRS’ statistics, ten percent of NRS contacts are made due to physical abuse or assault. Never Again MSD also wants to protect youth and others from having their lives threatened. NRS is here for all youth in crisis 24-7.
The goals of the movement include the passing of legislation in the United States Congress that directly addresses gun violence in American society. The group members have been actively lobbying for their position in their local statehouse, as well as holding a town hall meeting with their elected federal representatives in Florida, broadcast live on CNN.
Members as well as parents of victims from past school shootings met with President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Never Again MSD has quickly built national support because of their outreach, with interviews on news channels from around the world and their impassioned pleas for help!
The group has also been working hard to increase their reach on social media, where they now boast 82,000 Twitter followers and 130,000 followers on Facebook. They have also created a website to act as a base for information on their event, March for Our Lives, on March 24th in Washington, D.C. Similar marches are happening around the United States and abroad in solidarity.
This organization is made up of youth that NRS is dedicated to helping. They are also working to protect their peers from being victims of the same kind of trauma that they have already suffered. NRS salutes Never Again MSD. NRS is here to listen, here to help when youth need support and wants to share their story.
*Traditionally, NRS selects an Organization of the Month that has an established history in service to youth. Since the exceptional students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL have shown remarkable courage to speak out for all youth, NRS made an exception in its Organization of the Month protocols.