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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with the New Jersey Department of Education to Train Students on Gun Violence Prevention


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Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with the New Jersey Department of Education to Train Students on Gun Violence Prevention

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce that it is partnering with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to help train its students, educators, and school administrators on ways to identify, assess, intervene, and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs. More than 115,000 students in 10 school districts across the state will receive training through the STOP School Violence Act. The NJDOE was awarded $1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to support school violence prevention and has awarded SHP $626,000 from the grant award for this endeavor.

“We are proud to work with New Jersey’s Department of Education to teach teachers, students, and others how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel, a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy in Connecticut in 2012.

“Sandy Hook Promise is being proactive in helping keep our children safe, and I’m happy we’re partnering with them on this initiative,” said New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet.

The Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide are part of SHP’s Know the Signs programs.

Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another. Say Something trains students to recognize signs, especially on social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to reach out to a trusted adult. The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, educators, and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs. To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states. The programs are credited with having helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, and other acts of violence and self-harm.

 

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018. It builds off the research and lessons learned from mass school shootings and scales proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future acts of violence. Lawmakers passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with a bipartisan group of representatives to write and pass this legislation.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Laker Public Schools to Protect over 1,200 Students District-Wide with Life-Saving Violence Prevention Programs as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Laker Public Schools to Protect over  

1,200 Students District-Wide with Life-Saving Violence Prevention Programs

as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

 

The organization is partnering with Laker Public Schools to train students in its  

Know the Signs programs to learn how to prevent violence before it starts

 

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce that it will be partnering with Laker Public Schools to help train its students, educators, and school administrators how to identify, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs. Through the STOP School Violence Act over 1,200 students in six schools across the district will receive training.

 

“We are proud to work with Laker School District to help keep its students safe by training them how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs, as well as how to create an inclusive and connected community. We know we can prevent violence through proven programs like our Know the Signs programs, and I am proud that we are able to train and protect the students of Huron County,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.  

 

The Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs are three of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs. Start With Hello and Say Something are programs that are geared toward students. Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another, while Say Something trains students how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult. The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, as well as educators and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs.  

 

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.

 

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

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Sandy Hook Promise and Broward County Public Schools Expand Partnership to Bring Life-Saving Violence Prevention Programs to 80,000 Students Districtwide As a Result of the STOP School Violence Ac

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Sandy Hook Promise and Broward County Public Schools Expand Partnership to Bring

Life-Saving Violence Prevention Programs to 80,000 Students Districtwide

As a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

 

The organization is partnering with Broward County Public Schools to train students in its  

Know the Signs programs to learn how to prevent violence before it starts

 

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce it is expanding its partnership with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) to help train its students, educators, and school administrators how to identity, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello and Say Something programs. Through the Stop School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program grant, which is funded by the STOP School Violence Act, SHP and BCPS will provide targeted support to approximately 55 schools in the District, reaching  over 80,000 students.

 

“As the Broward County community continues to heal from the devastating shooting that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year, we are proud to work with Broward County Public Schools to  train their students and educators in our proven programs that will help keep their schools and communities safe from violence using funding that has been made available through the STOP School Violence Act,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

“We must ensure our students are connected and developing positive relationships with each other,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Through the STOP School Violence Act grant funding, we are proud to expand the Sandy Hook Promise Know the Signs violence prevention programs for thousands of our students, staff and families.  These programs are a tremendous resource for supporting students’ social and emotional health, and for combating social isolation in schools.”  

“When I introduced the STOP School Violence Act with my Florida colleague Congressman Rutherford, we didn’t know that only a few weeks later, my constituents would experience the horrific attack at Stoneman Douglas. After February 14, this bill became even more important to parents and students across the country who feared that their school would be next," said Congressman Deutch. "Grant recipients will now be able to use these funds to set up important systems for reporting suspicious behavior and creating clear lines of communication between schools and law enforcement. This is an important step toward preventing gun violence in schools.”

 

Start With Hello and Say Something are two of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs that are directly geared toward students. Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another, while Say Something trains students how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult.

 

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.

 

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

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Media Contact:

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Stephanie Morris

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646-650-5005

Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Durant Independent School District to Secure Funding Under the STOP School Violence Act to Train Students Districtwide How to Prevent Violence Before It Starts with Proven Prevention Programs

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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Durant Independent School District to Secure Funding Under the STOP School Violence Act to Train Students Districtwide How to Prevent Violence Before It Starts with Proven Prevention Programs

 

Sandy Hook Promise is proud to have worked closely with Durant Independent School District to secure grant funding under the STOP School Violence Act to train students, as well as educators and school administrators, districtwide how to identity, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs. This funding with help train over 3,700 students in six schools across the district.

 

“We are proud to work with Durant Independent School District to help keep all of its students safe by training them how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs. The funding available under the STOP School Violence Act will have a great impact as prevention programs, such as our Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide, are proven to help save lives,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

“We are excited to receive this grant under the STOP School Violence Act which will allow us to partner with the Sandy Hook Promise team to train our students, faculty and staff in these prevention programs and assist in keeping Durant Schools a safe place to learn ,” said Delinda Knox, Safe Schools Director.

 

The Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs are three of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs. Start With Hello and Say Something are programs that are geared toward students. Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another, while Say Something trains students how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult. The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, as well as educators and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs.

 

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.

 

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt

 

themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

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Media Contact:

Dini von Mueffing Communications

Stephanie Morris stephanie@dvmcpr.com 646-650-5005

Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Jackson County Schools to Secure Funding Under the STOP School Violence Act to Train Students Districtwide How to Prevent Violence Before It Starts with Proven Prevention Programs

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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Jackson County Schools to Secure Funding Under the STOP School Violence Act to Train Students Districtwide How to Prevent Violence Before It Starts with Proven Prevention Programs

 

Sandy Hook Promise is proud to have worked closely with Jackson County Schools to secure grant funding under the STOP School Violence Act to train students, as well as educators and school administrators, districtwide how to identify, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs. This funding with help train over 2,300 students in four schools across the district.

 

“We are proud to work with Jackson County Schools to help keep all of its students safe by training them how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs. The funding available under the STOP School Violence Act will have a great impact as prevention programs, such as our Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide, are proven to help save lives,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

“We are happy to receive this grant, funded through the STOP School Violence Act, to supplement our ongoing efforts to keep all of our students and staff safe. Jackson County Schools places a high priority on safety, working closely law enforcement agencies and community partners, such as the We Care Committee, to enhance school safety and security,” said Blaine Hess, Superintendent of Schools.

 

The Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs are three of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs. Start With Hello and Say Something are programs that are geared toward students. Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another, while Say Something trains students how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult. The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, as well as educators and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs.

 

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.

 

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side”

 

of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

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AG HEALEY’S OFFICE, SANDY HOOK PROMISE RECEIVE $1 MILLION GRANT TO EXPAND VIOLENCE PREVENTION EDUCATION, TRAIN NEARLY 140,000 STUDENTS ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS

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AG HEALEY’S OFFICE, SANDY HOOK PROMISE RECEIVE $1 MILLION GRANT TO EXPAND VIOLENCE PREVENTION EDUCATION, TRAIN NEARLY 140,000 STUDENTS ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS

 

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey and Mark Barden of Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, announced today that the AG’s Office will receive $1 million to expand school-based violence prevention and suicide training and mental health training to nearly 140,000 students across Massachusetts.

 

“With Sandy Hook Promise, our office applied for this grant to help students learn and grow in environments without violence,” said AG Healey. “We now have $1 million dollars to invest in mental health training, suicide prevention, and school-based violence prevention programs, and to keep our students safe.”

  

“We at Sandy Hook Promise are honored to work with Attorney General Maura Healey and her team to expand the reach of our programs in Massachusetts. Through the STOP School Violence Act, we will be able to train over 139,000 students across the state on how to be an “upstander” in their school and community, as well as how to create a culture of inclusiveness. We know that prevention programs, such as our Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide, can help prevent violence before it occurs and we are proud to roll these programs out to students statewide,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. 

 

The AG’s Office was awarded this funding through the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance’s School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program, which is providing funding to implement training and education on preventing violence and effectively responding to related mental health crises.

 

The mission of Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is to provide programs and practices that protect children and prevent the senseless, tragic loss of life. Over the past five years, SHP has trained over 3.5 million adults and students across the country and is deeply committed to preventing violence in schools. SHP is already working in Massachusetts to train students in evidence-based violence prevention programs.

 

This grant funding will allow the AG’s Office and SHP to significantly increase the number of students and educators trained in evidence-based programs. The goal is to prevent school violence by focusing on training students and educators to identify the warning signs of violence and take action before a tragedy occurs.

 

The AG’s Office and SHP will collaborate to train educators and students over the course of three years in the three Know the Signs programs that will teach youth and adults how to identify, assess, and intervene before a young person hurts themselves or others.

 

  1. Signs of Suicideis a universal, school-based prevention program for middle school and high school students, which uses a train-the-trainer model for personnel and students to identify the warning signs and symptoms of depression, suicide and self-injury and take action when needed.

  2. Say Somethingis a violence prevention and education program, with a focus on social media, that teaches students in grades 6-12 how to recognize warning signs and signals of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others, and to “say something” to a trusted adult before the person hurts themselves or others.

  3. Start With Hellois a violence prevention program for students in grades 5-12 that teaches students how to be more inclusive and connected to one another. 

 

The AG’s Office currently leads two school-based prevention education initiatives. In 2015, the AG’s Office partnered with the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation to launch Game Change, which provides training to middle and high school students and faculty on healthy relationships and bystander intervention to prevent domestic and dating violence. In 2017, the AG’s Office and the GE Foundation launched Project Here, an initiative that is making substance use prevention education available to all public middle schools in Massachusetts.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with the Ohio Department of Education to Train over 1.6 Million Students Statewide Through its Proven Threat Assessment Program as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with the Ohio Department of Education to Train over 1.6 Million Students Statewide Through its Proven Threat Assessment Program as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

 

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce that it will be partnering with the Ohio Department of Education to help train its students, educators, and school administrators how to identify, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Safety Assessment and Intervention program. Through the STOP School Violence Act over 1.6 million students will be reached in 3,505 schools across the state.

“We are proud to work with the Ohio Department of Education to help keep its students safe by training them how to properly assess threats before violence occurs. We know we can prevent violence through proven programs like our Know the Signs programs, and I am proud that we are able to train and protect students across Ohio,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.  

The Safety Assessment and Intervention (SAI) is a national evidence-based program and one of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs. SAI trains a multidisciplinary team in each school to identify threats, signs and signals of a violent act, determine the seriousness of the threat, and developing intervention plans that protect students and address the underlying problem or conflict.

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

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Media Contact:

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646-650-5005

Sandy Hook Promise to Protect 2.6 Million Students with its Know the Signs Violence Prevention Programs Through Partnership with School Districts in 15 States as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

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Sandy Hook Promise to Protect 2.6 Million Students with its Know the Signs Violence Prevention Programs Through Partnership with School Districts in 15 States as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

The organization is partnering with these states and school districts to train students and adults how to identify, intervene and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others, and prevent violence before it starts

 

Newtown, CT – Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce that it will be partnering with school districts in 15 States across the country to protect millions of students from violence through its proven Know the Signs programs. With these programs, SHP will be able to train youth and adults how to identify, assess, and get help for individuals who are exhibiting signs of at-risk behaviors and stop violence BEFORE it occurs. Through these training programs and partnerships, Sandy Hook Promise will be able to protect 2.6 million students from violence.

“We are so proud to partner with these great states and school districts that are committed, like us, to making a difference for students across the country. We know we can prevent violence in our schools through proven programs like our Know the Signs programs, and I am proud that we are able to train and protect millions more students across the country,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

SHP is working with districts in California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, New York, Michigan, Louisiana, Tennessee, Maine, West Virginia and Ohio to roll out its various Know the Signs programs to students.

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and has helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm. With these additional partnerships to protect 2.6 million more students, even more lives will be saved and threats intervened upon.

These state and district partnerships with Sandy Hook Promise and its Know the Signs programs will be supported through the STOP School Violence Act, which federally recognized SHP’s Know the Signs programs as evidence-based, proven solutions to prevent gun violence.

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build off the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based, early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

In June, it was announced that the Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act passed through Subcommittee and provided even more support to states and school districts to expand evidence-based violence prevention programs to train students and school personnel to identify signs of violence and intervene early to prevent people from hurting themselves or others.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

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Media Contact:

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Stephanie Morris stephanie@dvmcpr.com 646-650-5005