Promise Leaders Are Bringing Change To Their Communities

Sandy Hook Promise Volunteers

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A Promise Leader is a committed supporter of Sandy Hook Promise’s (SHP) mission. These are folks who go beyond the individual level and bring Sandy Hook Promise programs and initiatives to a larger audience within their community.

Examples of Promise Leaders at work in their communities include:

Shannon a Promise Leader in Maryland


Shannon (Street, Maryland) hosted a SHP information table at the annual PTA Spring Fair at her children’s elementary school. Nearly all who attended the fair were families of young children in her rural community. It was the perfect opportunity to talk about Sandy Hook Promise. She shared information about SHP’s mission, programs, and warning signs.


Mark (Dayton, Ohio) runs an after-school program for disadvantaged youth at his church. Over 50 kids attend the after-school program from 12 different schools. Mark has implemented Start With Hello to teach young people how to support one another and be friendly. Additionally, Mark brought Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something program to his youth group.

Bonita and Norman

Bonita and Norman (South Setauket, New York) are new Promise Leaders. They are passionate about mental health and wellness and gun violence prevention after losing their son to gun violence. Bonita and Norman worked with fellow Promise Leaders Holly and Joyce to introduce Sandy Hook Promise’s programs to schools in their community. They reached out and invited leaders from 14 local schools to attend a meeting. At the event, they showed Nicole Hockley’s TedTalk. Also, they shared information about how schools can implement Start With Hello and Say Something.


Nikki, a Promise Leader in Ohio

Nikki (Worthington, Ohio) hosted a SHP Open House at a local wine bistro in her neighborhood earlier this summer. She knew that within her circle of friends, neighbors, and colleagues she already had an audience that would be interested in Sandy Hook Promise. At the event itself, Nikki broke the evening up into 30-minute segments to share out about SHP’s mission and programs.

Become a Promise Leader

Promise Leaders support Sandy Hook Promise’s mission in two main ways. First, by starting a SHP program, such as Say Something or Start With Hello, within their community. Secondly, by organizing an awareness-building activity. This could be hosting a table at a community event, starting an online campaign, or hosting a documentary viewing event in their community at least once per calendar year.

Sign up as a Promise Leader and help protect children from gun violence in your community.