ORLANDO, Fla. -- Student activists from the March For Our Lives movement hosted a block party in downtown Orlando Friday night.
- March for our Lives block party at Lake Eola
- Organizers working to register young voters
- Pulse, Parkland survivors took the stage
The event at the Lake Eola Park amphitheater is part of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students' Road to Change national tour.
Organizers are working to get young eligible voters to go out and register to vote before the upcoming midterm election. UCF students are also there to help set up voter registration booths.
Students from Parkland were touched on familiar themes as they worked to expand the national conversation on gun control legislation.
For Robert Schentrup, tonight's is one he said is deeply personal, because he lost his sister in the Parkland shooting. He wants to ensure what his family has endured never happens again.
"Coming out of it, it's like no one should have to go through the same experience that me and my family had to go through," Schentrup said. "What motivated me to be here today is that I want to stop this gun violence that's happening in our nation."
When he found out his sister Carmen was now one of the 17 killed at Stoneman Douglas High School, Schentrup says he felt like he couldn't control anything but his own activism.
On Friday, he took centerstage, speaking out in support of his sister and encouraging others to register to vote.
"While it's too late for my sister... we as a nation need to hold our officials accountable," Schentrup said.
Pulse nightclub shootings survivors joined organizers on stage, with other speakers and performers.
Former Maryland governor and past presidential candidate Martin O'Malley also to joined them.