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  • Thanking Youth Summit Donors

    To the Editor:

    The Junior Newtown Action Alliance and The Newtown Foundation would like thank the following local businesses for their generous donations to the Connecticut Youth Leadership Summit for Gun Violence Prevention.  It was a successful event with over 120 attendees from Connecticut and the tri-state area participating in educational workshops, lectures and focus groups to reduce gun violence. Please support these business who truly support our community and Newtown’s youth.

  • Jr NAA Youth Leadership Summit Approaching

    The Jr Newtown Action Alliance is set to host a statewide #HonorWithAction Youth Leadership Summit on Saturday, May 24, at Newtown High School. 

    The event is for students middle school through college age, and will discuss issues surrounding the epidemic of gun violence, encourage youth to find their voices and use the power of their voices to inspire change, according to Jr NAA.

  • Jr NAA Members Attends UConn’s Spring PeaceJam, Look Toward Leadership Summit

    After attending the University of Connecticut’s Spring PeaceJam event, held March 15-16, Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA) founder and Newtown High School senior Sarah Clements said her group’s members thought this year’s PeaceJam was better than last year’s.

    This year, the Newtown Foundation invited urban youth to attend with young people from Sandy Hook and Newtown. The Newtown Foundation also offered scholarships to teens wishing to attend.

  • Jr NAA Slates Youth Leadership Summit

    The Jr Newtown Action Alliance will hold a one-day youth leadership summit on gun violence prevention on Saturday, May 24, at Newtown High School for students middle school through college age. Programs will be presented in the high school’s cafeteria and Lecture Hall from 9 am until 6 pm. 

    The summit will explore issues surrounding the epidemic of gun violence, encourage youth to find their voices and use the power of their voices to inspire change, according to Jr NAA.

  • Post It: Jr NAA Asking For People To Spread Kindness

    Sophie Ackert, a member of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA), said this week that the group is hoping for more people to take part in its “Green Post-It Project.”

    The project, she said, was begun by Jr NAA members to help people “realize that even small acts of kindness can mean a lot.”

    Sophie explained that people are asked to participate by writing notes on green-colored Post-It notes. Participants are then asked to place the note or notes somewhere in their community for others to find.

  • Students Learn Lobbying Skills

    When Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) scheduled a trip to Washington, D.C., along with gun violence victims and family members, for September 17 to 19, the Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA) group at Newtown High School also planned to go.

    Newtown Action Alliance is a grassroots organization created in the weeks after 12/14 to reduce gun violence through legislation and broader cultural change. Jr NAA is led by teens.

  • NHS Students, Many Others, To Participate In ‘100,000 Poets For Change’ Rally Against Gun Violence

    DANBURY — Poets, professors, musicians and more will join together at Western Connecticut State University on Saturday, September 28, for the daylong event, “100,000 Poets for Change — Rally Against Gun Violence.” Among those who will participate are current Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen and former Connecticut Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson.

    The event will be from 10 am to 6 pm in the Campus Center Ballroom on the university’s westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension.

  • PeaceJam Event Being Planned For Newtown Youth

    Everything is coming together, according to Sarah Clements, a Newtown High School student and Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA) Chair for the Newtown PeaceJam, Transforming Tragedy event being planned for Sunday, October 6. It will be at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane.

    Jr NAA is affiliated with Newtown Action Alliance, a grassroots organization created in the weeks after 12/14 to reverse gun violence through legislation and broader cultural change.

  • Junior Newtown Action Alliance Slates ‘Letter Writing Frenzy’

    The Junior Newtown Action Alliance (JR NAA), which is a part of the Newtown Action Alliance (NAA), has set a “Letter Writing Frenzy” event for Friday, May 24, from 7 pm to 8 pm, in the Newtown High School cafetorium.

    The NAA is a group working to reduce gun violence through legislative and cultural means, and the JR NAA works to involve young people in the movement.