14 February 2018
We all heard the news of Parkland separately and felt the familiar feeling of frustration. Inspired by the response from the student activists of Parkland, especially Emma Gonzales, we all started to organize the walkouts at our schools.
3 March 2018
The original members of Students of Orange County for Change met at a local Starbucks, still complete strangers at this point, to discuss a common theme for their March 14th walkouts.
14 March 2018
One month after the school shooting in Parkland, SOC4Change members walked-out with thousands of students.
17 March 2018
We met at the same Starbucks we had been at just two weeks earlier to debrief the walkout. We decided to stay together, forming SOC4Change and deciding to organize another, more collaborative walkout on April 20th.
20 April 2018
Our first rally, in conjunction with the students from Parkland once again, was held in Bill Barber Park in Irvine, CA to demand common sense gun legislation. About 100 people attended.
August 17, 2018
We are officially a 501(c)3! Coincidentally, this is also National Non-Profit Day, and SOC4Change celebrated the holiday by garnering official status.
We are still organizing and are stronger than ever! We are about to announce a major Get Out the Vote campaign in November!
Students of Orange County for Change is a non-profit organization made up of high school students and recent graduates who came together in the confluence of school shooting tragedies that sparked the #NeverAgain movement. We started off as a few students from South Orange County meeting at local Starbucks to share ideas for walkouts on our campuses. From there, the idea for a larger organization developed, and our motley meetings turned into SOC4Change, an organization that encompasses all of Orange County. Since then, we have been mobilizing our peers and community members to create positive change, focusing first on the realm of common sense gun legislation. Moving forward, we hope to foster youth involvement in all areas of our democracy because we believe that our voices in politics are monumentally important for the future of our country. We are dedicated to youth activism and motivating our peers to get politically involved. Join us in our efforts to get the young people out to vote this November!