The nonprofit has a national reach made up of over 100 volunteers from various backgrounds, including education, mental health, and law enforcement.
DALLAS, Texas – As the one-year milestone of the Robb Elementary tragedy approaches, a Dallas-based nonprofit is on a mission to end school violence nationwide.
The Uvalde Foundation for Kids was formed after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers on May 24, 2022.
It took law enforcement 77 minutes to neutralize the shooter, which generated immense criticism and activism about school safety and gun laws.
“I’ve talked to schools, students, and principals all over the country just over the last year and everyone’s heart is not only going out to what’s happening in their own schools and districts, but one of the most common conversations I have is what’s going on. in Uvalde, Uvalde is fine, we’re still thinking about it,” said Daniel Chapin, founder and country director of the Uvalde Foundation for Kids.
The foundation’s reach spans coast to coast with more than one hundred volunteers from diverse industry backgrounds, including educators, mental health counselors, law enforcement, and private investigators.
The nonprofit has conducted numerous independent surveys of school districts in several states affected by some type of school violence.
Chapin said the foundation offers a variety of free resources to improve school safety.
“Mental health arrangements, behavioral care, helping schools understand that violence is not just something that comes from the outside, but it is a culture of violence that is created and can be mitigated when a variety of resources and efforts are combined collaborative,” Chapin said.
The Uvalde Foundation for Kids and Sandy Hook Promise are expected to meet with Metro Nashville Council in June to speak before a special committee on violence in schools. This comes after the Uvalde Foundation for Kids commemorated the officers who killed the shooter who killed three children and three adults on March 27.
“Trying to partner our efforts with theirs and hopefully also serve as an example, more as an example for other boroughs, cities and states across the country,” Chapin said.
To learn about the Uvalde Foundation for Kids, go here.