VOYCE leaders (a youth-led alliance convened by Communities United) are some of the founding members for Good Kids Mad City (GKMC), a movement created by youth from Chicago, DC, and Baltimore because as youth felt under attacked by their own city. GKMC stands in solidarity with Parkland and wanted to uplift their own struggles. GKMC chose its name because often times youth are described with negative terms such as “troubled youth” or “at risk youth”, however, GKMC believes that young people are actually good. The system has been against them from the very beginning. GKMC accurately illustrates the struggle young people are facing daily. GKMC demands:
Investment in youth employment- Many youth in communities of color have complicated living conditions and have to provide for our families, but there aren't enough resources. Gun violence is a symptom of poverty.
Investment in schools- Schools should provide mental health support and other wrap-around services to help students heal from trauma and to address non-academic barriers to learning.
Investment in communities- Communities hardest hit by violence need sustained investment in health, education, employment, and housing.