The reACTION Youth Program to prevent gun violence serves 800 students in New York City public schools, many in communities prone to gun violence.

2016-2017 Schools include:


• High School for Public Service, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Now in its ninth year, reACTION is this school is a popular after-school program. Students make presentations to other students about preventing gun violence; act as peer advocates by organizing advocacy events; and go on field trips to Albany or Washington to meet with legislators and staff. The program serves 40 students.

• Williamsburg Charter High School, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Approximately 120 students in this school learn reACTION in their history classes.

• Bronx Academy of Health Careers, Bronx

At this high school–which prepares students for a variety of health professions, including medicine, medical technology, nursing, pharmacology and physical therapy–the reACTION program is taught to 120 students in five periods of health class.

• The Bronx High School for Law, Government and Justice, Bronx

Now in its second year, the reACTION program is taught to 150 students in five law classes. This school teaches a law, government and justice curriculum while sharing a campus with the Bronx Court complex.  

• John Brown High School, Flushing, NY

In its first year at the school, reACTION is taught in five class periods.

• Leadership and Public Service High School, lower Manhattan

At this small school, formed in partnership with Syracuse University‘s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, five classes of reACTION are taught to over 100 students.

• City as School High School, lower Manhattan

New to this school, reACTION is taught as an elective class to 85 students.

• Queens High School for Community Leadership, Jamaica, Queens

Now in its second year, as part of health class, reACTION is taught to 70 students in three classes.

ReACTION is also taught at Bronx Community Solutions, part of the Center for Court Innovation, that seeks to apply problem-solving to non-violent cases as part of criminal justice sentencing options.

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