Teacher Amy Donofrio and her students started the EVAC Movement in Jacksonville, Florida when they realized their shared experiences with violence, racism and the justice system. Out of 15 youth:
- 6 have been arrested
- 12 have been stopped/searched by police 3+ times
- 14 have immediate family incarcerated long-term
- 14 had a close loved one murdered
By sharing these experiences with each other, they found relief…and a desire to create change. They began by inviting police officers and officials to class for roundtables and in just a over one year they achieved:
- going to the White House
- meeting President Obama
- making the front page of The New York Times
- winning a national contest sponsored by Harvard
ABOUT OUR BRAND
The concept of "I am Not a Gang Member" began as a result of EVAC members daily experiences of being profiled as African-American young men. They want to send a message to the world to truly SEE THEM as they are: the FUTURE.
ABOUT EVAC MOVEMENT
EVAC operates without any formal funding or paid staff and began our efforts simply within a regularly scheduled class at a public high school. All staff is 100% volunteer based and all donations go directly back into efforts to support youth.
To learn more about our story, check out our TEDx Talk: www.tinyurl.com/EvacTedTalk