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Important!American Association of Suicidology
Founded in 1968, AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers in order to understand and prevent suicide. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.


PAX, The Movement to End Gun Violence
Important!The ASK Campaign (Asking Saves Kids)
Just talking to kids about the dangers of firearms is not enough. Kids are naturally curious and fascinated about guns. If a gun is accessible, there is a good chance that kids will find it and play with it. If you are a parent, here's how to ASK.


Important!The Lion & Lamb Project
Lion & Lamb is a national grassroots initiative by parents for parents, providing information about the effects of violent entertainment, toys and games on children's behavior. The organization works with parents, teachers, day care providers, and others to advocate a simple message: violence is not child's play.


Important!The Other End of the Barrel
Shirley Lochowitz, a homemaker and former police officer, founded this organization after her son, Nicholas, was accidentally shot in their basement by a friend. The site tells her tragic story as well as provide links to resources. The group has also produced a video.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
A Childhood For Every Child
This site provides advice on how to strengthen families, empower communities, and encourage positive youth development and children's well- being.


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The AACAP is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders. Their site provides various information about kids and guns, including their policy statement.


American College of Emergency Physicians
Among their many initiatives, the American College of Emergency Physicians seeks to educate the public on injury prevention. When it comes to firearms and kids, ACEP advocates that the most important thing parents can do to protect the health of their children is to practice injury prevention. Preventable injuries are the leading cause of childhood death and permanent injury.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The AFSP is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of suicide and the ability to prevent it. The Foundation supports research, provides information, and publicizes the magnitude of the problems of depression and suicide and the need for research, prevention and treatment.


Americans for Gun Safety
Americans for Gun Safety has produced a web site that offers background information on guns, gun laws in each state, an extensive gun glossary, a count of gun deaths per state, and possible solutions for the gun death epidemic. Americans for Gun Safety is a centrist, non-partisan national group dedicated to the advancement of gun safety.


North Carolina Dept. of Crime Control and Public Safety/N.C. State
Center for the Prevention of School Violence
Established in 1993, the Center serves as a primary point of contact for dealing with the problem of school violence. The Center focuses on ensuring that schools are safe and secure so that every student is able to attend a school that is free of fear and conducive to learning.


University of Colorado
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence is an organization that focuses on understanding and preventing violence. This web page contains extensive information, thorough research, and technical assistance for the evaluation and development of violence prevention programs.


Education Development Center, Inc.
Children's Safety Network National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center
This site provides resources and technical assistance to maternal and child health agencies and other organizations seeking to reduce unintentional injuries and violence to children and adolescents. The organization works to improve the infrastructure of injury and violence prevention programs primarily by providing technical assistance to state agencies. As a result, CSN serves a professional audience, not the general public.


Alliance for Justice
Coaches Against Gun Violence
This program believes that coaches are perfectly suited to spread the message of gun safety since they are at the core of the high school community, and sporting events bring communities together and foster healthy, positive relationships among students.


New!Committee for Children
Committee for Children is a nonprofit organization that works to link academic achievement with social and emotional competency. CFC has programs focusing on youth violence, bullying, child abuse, and personal safety.


Doctors Against Handgun Injury
Doctors Against Handgun Injury (DAHI) is a coalition of eleven clinical and professional medical societies, organized and sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine that seeks to bring their collective experience and expertise as physicians to bear on the problem of handgun injury.


Educators for Social Responsibility
ESR is a leading source of innovative curriculum materials and teacher-training programs that focus on issues of peacemaking and conflict resolution.


New!Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
This nonprofit organization of police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and victims of violence, works to keep kids from becoming criminals through early care and education programs for preschoolers, good schools, after-school programs and prevention of child abuse.


Legal Community Against Violence
Firearms Law Center
The Firearms Law Center is an organization that serves communities nationwide by providing information and resources relating to the regulation of firearms at the federal, state, and local levels.


Hamilton Fish Institute
The Institute, with assistance from Congress, was founded in 1997 to serve as a national resource to test the effectiveness of school violence prevention methods and to develop more effective strategies. The Institute's goal is to determine what works and what can be replicated to reduce violence in America's schools and their immediate communities.


New!Injury Free Coalition for Kids
IFCK is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comprised of hospital-based, community-oriented programs, whose efforts are anchored in research, education, and advocacy. Currently, the coalition includes 27 sites located in 24 cities, each housed in the trauma centers of their participating institutions.


Annie E. Casey Foundation
KIDS COUNT
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. Site includes many reports and studies about children in society.


7/3/2003
LOK IT UP
This website also spreads the message of locking up firearms, with special focus on the handgun lockbox.


Mothers Against Violence in America
Founded in 1994, Mothers Against Violence in America (MAVIA) is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to preventing violence by and against children through grassroots advocacy and student-driven educational programs.


National Alliance for Safe Schools
Founded in 1977 by a group of school security directors, the National Alliance for Safe Schools was established to provide training, technical assistance, and publications to school districts interested in reducing school based crime and violence.


National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
The mission NASP is to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for children by implementing research-based programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning. This is accomplished through state-of-the-art research and training, advocacy, ongoing program evaluation, and caring professional service.


Ribbon Of Promise
National Campaign to End School Violence
The Ribbon of Promise National Campaign to End School Violence has a three-fold action plan to end school violence: Education and Prevention, Intervention, and Enforcement. It offers videos, parent programs, and creative student solutions.


Yale Child Study Center
National Center for Children Exposed to Violence
NCCEV provides resources concerning children’s exposure to violence within homes, schools, and communities. Their collections – both virtual and physical – address research, public awareness, and the application of principles and practices in intervention and prevention.


National Center for Conflict Resolution Education
The National Center for Conflict Resolution Education provides training and technical assistance nationwide to advance the development of conflict resolution education programs in schools, juvenile justice settings, and youth service organizations and community partnership programs.


National Institute for School and Workplace Safety
NISWS is a Florida-based national consulting company specializing in school and workplace safety. They have been helping schools nationwide to implement successful safety procedures.


National Parenting Association
The National Parents Association investigates the latest Congressional action on gun legislation around the nation, gun law proposals, and evaluates what proponents and opponents of gun laws are saying.


Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
National Resource Center for Safe Schools
The National Resource Center for Safe Schools works with schools, communities, state and local education agencies, and other concerned individuals and agencies to create safe learning environments and prevent school violence.


National School Safety Center
An independent non-profit organization established by presidential directive in 1984. The website addresses a range of school safety issues, including statistics on school violence and solutions.


National Suicide Prevention Resource Center
SPRC is a national resource center that provides technical assistance, training, and information in order to strengthen suicide prevention networks and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.


New!Operation Respect
This non-profit organization works to create compassionate, safe and respectful environments for kids through programs that reduce the cruelty children inflict upon each other through ridicule, bullying and violence. It has developed the Don't Laugh at Me programs, for grades 2-5, grades 6-8, for summer camps and for after-school programs.


Physicians for a Violence-Free Society
Physicians for a Violence-Free Society was founded to prevent violence by developing leadership and advocacy in the health care community. They have programs and resources that work to prevent domestic partner violence, child abuse, youth and school violence, hate crimes, gun violence, and violence against the elderly.


Columbia University's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Positive Action for Teen Health (PATH)/TeenScreen
PATH is working to close the gap between the promise of science and the unacceptably high rates of adolescent depression and suicide. Their goal is to ensure that every American teen receives a mental health check-up before graduating from high school, such as the TeenScreen® Program.


ReportSomeone.com
A new nationwide program that is designed to give youth an alternative to making a report of someone threatening violence, or if another child is seen in possession of a weapon. The site also gives children the opportunity to report if someone is hurting them.


SAFE Students
SAFE Students is a national youth movement formed by students dedicated to reducing gun violence. This site also provides ways for other students to start SAFE student chapters in their schools and colleges.


Safer Child, Inc.
Safer Child's goal is to assist anyone looking for information and assistance on issues related to parenting, care giving, child health and safety. This page has links to news stories, information, and advice to help parents in dealing with guns and kids.


Sunshine State School Public Relations Association
Silence Hurts
This campaign attempts to break the "code of silence" among teenagers when it comes to violent or destructive acts. Silence Hurts is designed to encourage dialogue among youth and their peers, as well as youth and adults, and has a Campaign Toolbox designed specifically for students to bring the message to their school.


Stop Our Shootings
Stop Our Shootings is an organization dedicated to educating adults and children in schools and homes about the dangers of playing with guns. They promote awareness about the dangerous combination of kids and guns through local and national media.


The Center for Mental Health Services
The CMHS received a Congressional grant "to improve mental health services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders who are at risk of violent behavior." This site provides links about youth violence and mental illness.


The HELP Network
This international network of medical and allied organizations works to reduce death, disability and suffering caused by handguns and other firearms by promoting established public health approaches and by serving as a catalyst for a network of professional organizations.


New!The National Association of School Resource Officers
NASRO is a not-for-profit organization for school based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, faculty, staff, and the schools they attend.


American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation
ThinkFirst focuses on preventing brain, spinal cord, and other traumatic injuries by providing educational programs targeted to kids and young adults.


Voices of the World
VOW is a transdisciplinary project of non- violence and peace education through music and the arts.


World of Children, Inc.
New!Want to Recognize Someone for Their Work in Advocating Children's Rights?
This website provides information on how to nominate someone who works with children and strives to make a difference in their lives. It also links you to the World of Children, Inc. website. The awards that are being offered honor workers who have made a significant commitment to improving the world for children. DEADLINE FOR NOMINATION IS APRIL 25.


Light for Life Foundation International
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
Throughout the U.S. and 47 countries, chapters, schools, and organizations use this powerful program that is aimed at preventing teen suicide. The website offers resources, advice for parents and teens, an updated list of events, and a list of local chapters of Yellow Ribbon, all of which may help save the lives of unhappy teens.


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