Check out this touching poem written by Ravindra, one of the students in our ReACTION Youth Program at the School for Democracy and Leadership in Crown Heights.

She read the poem to her class before the students participated in a “Silence the Violence” action in June, in which they stopped talking for the rest of the day to draw attention to the gun violence problem.

While the poem reflects the sadness of the gun violence problem in Ravindra’s community, it also concludes with a message of empowerment: “It’s up to you!”