The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research (JHCGPR) of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is excited to announce that applications are open for the second Summer Youth Institute on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change.
The Center is looking for 60-70 youth to participate in this *online* 4-day summer learning experience–Monday, July 13 – Thursday, July 16, 2020–taught by some of the world’s leading scholars on gun violence policy and prevention. The Institute is designed to provide an array of learning opportunities for youth to enhance their understanding of scientific evidence and promising solutions to gun violence, build advocacy skills, and foster networking opportunities between youth representing numerous states and diverse backgrounds. Students will learn from leading experts, including researchers, advocates, people working in communities, and fellow youth advocates. The Institute will cover gun violence in its many forms, underscoring the importance of equity, community, and diversity in developing effective policy solutions.
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As part of this year’s virtual Summer Youth Institute, participants will have the chance to:
- Meet and collaborate with other youth across the country who are passionate about gun violence prevention;
- Learn about the burden of gun violence in the U.S. and evidence-based solutions;
- Receive training on message framing, media interviews, and providing effective testimony to advocate for change; and
- Engage in individual and group activities to apply their learning such as creating infographics, developing social media content, and delivering mock interviews and oral testimony.
Youth eligible and encouraged to apply:
- Are between the ages of 14 and 18 on July 13, 2020
- Are currently enrolled in a U.S. high school
- Are interested in gun violence prevention
- Demonstrate leadership and maturity
Due to disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summer Youth Institute will be offered as an online distance learning program. While we wish we could host students at our Baltimore campus this summer, we see the times before us as an opportunity to create virtual spaces that sustain and connect us.
Online applications and supporting materials are due by Monday, May 25, 2020* at 5 PM (PST). *new extended deadline!