It appears as if the children are unquestionably our future as they lead the way towards policy change in regard to gun violence. With the #marchforourlives movement and more, scores of young people took to the streets this weekend calling for gun reform.

On the south side of Chicago, one teen, Journey Jamison, is also joining in with the masses, making sure that she does her part to help the wounded, as a result of gun violence, when licensed medical professionals can’t. Jamison is well-trained and can be called a true life-saver.


“When you’re from Chicago, you become a little desensitized to a lot of the trauma and violence that surrounds you,” the teen told “So when it was on my front door, when it was in my living room, I could only be grateful that I had the training that I had.”

In July of 2016, Jamison was in her apartment when Deante Starks burst through her back-door wounded. Asking for help, the young teen sprung into action, applying her first aid training from Ujimaa Medics to help save Starks’ life. Now, having gone from trainee to trainer, Jamison states that she didn’t look at it as if she saved “Peda’s,” (her nickname for Starks), life but as an opportunity to make a difference in her community.

“I never thought about it like I saved his life, but I took that opportunity to say, ‘Hey Peda, guess what? I was able to save your life because I had this training,’” said Jamison. “‘How awesome would it be if I could train you and your family or your friends on the same thing?’ Peda’s family and his close loved ones have been no stranger to gun violence, so he was extremely on board with learning.”

To watch Jamison’s incredible story, click here. This is truly on incredible young lady who is definitely making a difference.

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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