Act Now

ACT NOW sees an America where communities eliminate the root causes of poverty, racism and the forces that bolster social inequities that undermine us and threaten our safety. 

ACT NOW is a bi-partisan initiative to strengthen communities in their efforts to reimagine their future by creating opportunities for young people to thrive.

We seek to be a youth-developed, youth-led, and data-driven movement that builds safe communities where everyone can achieve their full potential.

Civic organizations, faith communities, local business, and ordinary citizens come together to transform neighborhoods and communities to build resilient and safe spaces.

Each ACT NOW site takes action to promote belonging, meaning, well-being, and purpose. Together, we will evolve policing, housing, employment, healthcare, education and more, to create hope in everything we do. We seek to engage youth in finding solutions that will alter their lives and contribute to the promise of their communities.

We listen, learn, and ACT NOW together.

ACT NOW takes a human-centered approach to our work. We co-design, co-implement, and co-evaluate in partnership with each site.

We do this through three program pillars:

  • Listening Sessions
  • Breaking Bread Events
  • Organized local action through Justice Circles


ACT NOW is in 14 communities including rural, urban, counties, statewide, and tribal sites. Each site works on challenges unique to their community. Each is reimagining community policing, housing, education, and more to realize their vision of community safety.

We are currently enrolling additional sites into the ACT NOW Program. If you are interested in our support, we want to talk to you and see if we might be able to help you reimagine community safety in your area.

ACT NOW to create lasting change in your community.

The conversation started with policing, but it can’t, and won’t end there.

Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tyre Nichols and the deaths of so many spurred a national conversation. That conversation continues among a group of national thought leaders, funders, and social action experts. All are seeking to listen and learn from the people most affected by conditions in their communities that produce such tragic outcomes. What they heard is that “the people” must take charge of their lives and their communities.

We must ACT NOW to create the type of community safety we want. Individuals and families, neighbors and communities can mobilize and ACT NOW.