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Natalie Barden

Activist
Natalie Barden is a sophomore at Newtown High School in Newtown, CT. In 2012, she lost her first-grade brother Daniel in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Following the loss of her brother, Natalie has become outspoken about gun violence across the country. She is a member of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance, an organization dedicated to providing Newtown youth with the opportunity to be gun violence prevention activists through legislation and cultural change.

In addition to this, Natalie is a very active teen. She is a musician who sings and plays piano, as well as hosts “Natalie’s Open Mic”, an open mic that provides kids and teens with the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. She has an incredible love for swimming and is a year-round lifeguard, coaches a spring swim clinic for kids, teaches swimming in the summer, and is on the Newtown High School swim team where she manages the boys team. She is also a mentor with the Reach Mentorship Program.