Everyone Benefits When Community Leaders Work Together
Collaboration among community leaders is key when it comes to sharing the message about the importance of secure gun storage. Be SMART partners with organizations at the national, regional, and local levels to help spread the word. Since 2015, Be SMART has collaborated with educational organizations, medical associations, departments of health, law enforcement associations, and public safety coalitions. When leaders across communities come together to create a safer environment for young children and teens, the entire community stands to benefit. Because no one is truly safe unless our children are safe.
National PTA: Since the launch of the program in 2015, Be SMART has had a long and fruitful partnership with the National PTA. The organization has consistently amplified information about secure firearm storage and shared secure firearm resources with its membership.
The Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund, Louisiana Child Death Review, and Louisiana American Academy of Pediatrics: These entities launched a partnership with Be SMART. The partnership, which encourages responsible gun ownership and safety practices, is supported by leaders in local law enforcement and public health, including the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association. Information, and Be SMART Louisiana specific materials, can be found here.
Safe Kids Worldwide: Be SMART and Safe Kids Worldwide work together to find opportunities to connect Safe Kids and Be SMART networks in communities across the country to maximize their joint interest in education and awareness raising activities at the grassroots level and the goal of strengthening local partnerships.
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE): Be SMART and NOBLE have joined forces to distribute Be SMART palm cards and gun locks in communities. Almost 10 NOBLE members have pledged to join the program in their city. More information and resources are available here.
Injury Free Coalition for Kids: Be SMART is a proud founding partner of Injury Free Coalition for Kid’s National Injury Prevention Day. Every year, we come together with other leaders in injury and violence prevention to raise awareness about the burden of injury, violence and the need for change.