The reACTION program consistently yields positive results: Students who have completed the program are less likely to use guns, less likely to be involved in gun violence, and more likely to go to college. Students completing the reACTION program demonstrate a change in attitude and actions, and they become peer leaders and advocates to prevent gun violence, enhancing their schools and communities.
End of school year surveys expressed important changes in student attitudes. Students completing the program:
- Recognize a gun does not protect them and in fact may cause harm and death to someone who carries one.
- Realize they can help prevent peers from obtaining and using guns and joining gangs.
- Understand they can impact peers and elected officials and make their communities safer by working towards change.
- Are knowledgeable about how illegal guns came into their communities and what could be done to change laws and policies on guns.
- Show more favorable views of the police, recognizing the police are in the community to help them
- Are more likely to come forward as witnesses to crimes.
In addition, students completing the ReACTION program have learned a wealth of personal development skills that will help them become responsible and productive citizens throughout their lives:
- Critical thinking and decision-making.
- Public speaking and debating.
- Planning and organizing.
- Conflict resolution.
- Teamwork and collaboration.
- Public advocacy.