Pompano Beach Make Our Schools Safe Club Named Finalist in Invent2Prevent Program

The club will present its community safety project to a panel of senior executives in Washington, D.C., in January.

Pompano Beach Make Our Schools Safe Club Named Finalist in Invent2Prevent Program

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — The Pompano Beach High School Make Our Schools Safe (MOSS) club has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) as a top three finalist for the Fall 2022 Invent2Prevent (I2P) competition.

MOSS was founded by parents Lori and Ilan Alhadeff after they tragically lost their daughter, Alyssa, during the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Its mission is to empower students and staff to help create and maintain a culture of safety and vigilance in a secure school environment. MOSS clubs are now located in high schools across the country.

Invent2Prevent, managed by EdVenture Partners and the McCain Institute, is a project-based learning experience that challenges high school and college students to design, implement and measure the success of a product, tool, or initiative aimed at preventing violence and acts of hate in their schools and communities. 

A survey sent to students by the Institute found 69% believe they have a role to play in preventing hate-based violence or school shootings. It also found 70% fear hate-based violence or school shootings, and 85% see or hear expressions of hate against minority groups at least once a week.

Through I2P, teams compete at the high school and collegiate levels for awards of $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. Top-place collegiate-level finishers also have the option to enter into a one-year sustainment program.

Since the program’s inception in the Spring of 2021, more than 700 students have participated across 35 states as well as the District of Columbia. I2P programs have taken place at 27 high schools and 77 colleges and universities, including three historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and 11 universities serving majority Black and Brown populations.

The Pompano Beach MOSS club will present its community safety project to a panel of senior DHS executives, prevention subject matter experts, and academics in Washington, D.C., on January 25.

For more information on Spring 2022 projects and winners, visit www.dhs.gov.

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