• Deciding to Walk Out and What to Do Next

    While the tragic challenge of gun violence is hardly new, and activism around the topic, primarily led by People of Color, has been organized for generations, the attention and momentum given to the issue in the wake of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting a few months ago is unprecedented. Rallies, marches, media attention, fundraising, and policy changes by large companies are among the ways in which the nation has mobilized in support of the young people fed up with “thoughts and prayers,” and advocating for tangible, intersectional change.

As URJ Youth's signature year-round program, more than 8,000 6th through 12th graders participate in NFTY programs that teach compassion, fight injustice, engage with Israel, and build community. NFTY is the safe, home-away-from-home that inspires our teens to become their best selves and empowers them to change the world.