As the headline act, Story Stitchers SAFE! Team performs their “3StepsBack” dance routine to demonstrate an easy strategy for zero contact with firearms.. The youth are advocates for staying SAFE! from shooting incidents and accidental gun deaths and star in a series of PSA’s while teaching their #3StepsBack dance to audiences and hosting beat battles.
Filmed on location at the OVP Kickback in O’Fallon Park and at KSDK Show Me St. Louis in July 2023. “Gun violence is a health crisis that consumes our youth,” says Story Stitchers Youth Artistic Coordinator Branden Lewis. “Our focus on healthy expression helps youth work through their pain and loss. We develop original music and dance to share safety tips that can save lives. We encourage teens 16-25 years old to reach out to storystitchers.org and join in.”
Research shows the education around gun safety can save lives. In the article, “Children were safer around guns after watching a 1-minute video,” by Erin Blakemore, The Washington Post, July 23, 2023, the researchers write, “We recommend that adults teach children about gun safety and reduce their exposure to age-inappropriate media. It is well past time for the U.S. to also take steps to reduce firearm-related injuries in children and adolescents.”
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Learn the dance, share it with friends, family, teachers.
Unload, lock and secure firearms and let’s keep our kids SAFE!