Teacher Amy Donofrio and her students started the EVAC Movement in Jacksonville, Florida upon realizing students' 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 Black young men. These hoodies are their message to the world: to SEE THEM as they are.
ABOUT EVAC MOVEMENT
EVAC operates without any formal funding or paid staff. We began our efforts simply as members of 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