Tired of the legislative stagnation surrounding the gun violence epidemic, young people around the country are coming together like never before.

 
Newtown’s Sarah Clements, who established the youth chapter of the Newtown Action Alliance after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, is one such leader, and she now understands the impact that gun violence has on all communities.

“This issue isn’t just Newtown. It changed my life forever, it changed my family’s life forever,” she said. “Because of the privilege I had of living in a suburban, vast white-majority town in Connecticut, I just didn’t know about it, and I think that’s what shook me up afterwards, learning about these incidents and the gun-violence epidemic [. . .] I was fed up learning about the magnitude of this issue and we are recognizing that nothing is being done—at least on the federal level [. . .] I’m done waiting for people.”

And students at High Tech High Chula Vista in California—a charter school oriented around project-based learning that addresses challenges in the country—are creating a documentary, Beyond the Crossfire, that will identify the origins of gun violence and suggest solutions. They intend to complete the film by the end of the academic year in June for release as an hour-long TV special.

“Even saving a few lives would make it worth it,” said Ciera Ybarra, who is involved with the project.