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Sandy Hook Promise and March For Our Lives Come Together For the Last Stop of the Road to Change Tour

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Sandy Hook Promise and March For Our Lives Come Together

For the Last Stop of the Road to Change Tour

 

Newtown, CT – On the afternoon of Sunday, August 12th over 2,000 people attended the much-anticipated last stop of the March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour in Newtown, CT.

Both groups, each scarred by gun violence, came together to demonstrate their formidable strength with the mutual goal of pushing for common-sense gun reform across the country. This year alone, there have already been at least 54 incidents of gunfire on school grounds, in cities big and small.

Spearheaded by the March For Our Lives (MFOL) and Newtown teens, with support from Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), the community event included voter registration, activities for all ages, and fare from local food trucks including Iguanas on Wheels, Sherman’s Tap House, The Grumpy Pig BBQ, Weenie Lynns, and ice cream provided by Ben & Jerry’s. PepsiCo also donated refreshments and snacks for all attendees of the event.

When the MFOL teens arrived at the event, the Newtown community rallied together to applaud them for their bravery and strength.

The dynamic MFOL and Newtown teens all gave galvanizing and inspiring speeches, including Matt Deitsch, Jackie Corin, Bria Smith, Matt Post, Jammal Lemy, Ramon Contreras, Naomi Wadler, Yolanda King, and Langston Saint of MFOL, Natalie Barden, Tommy Murray, and Jackson Middleman of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance, Isabella Segall, Audrey Moline of Connecticut Teens Against Gun Violence, and Joshua Fee and Dayzra Bournes of the HDTV Youth Leadership Academy.

Notable attendees also included Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, and Cameron Kasky of MFOL, Jeff Kasky of Families vs. Assault Rifles PAC, Fred Guttenberg of Orange Ribbons for Jaime, Manuel and Patricia Oliver of Change the Ref, and Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Entertainment for the event was provided by local bands, all with talented teen musicians, including Waveform, XY Chromotones, and the Polkadogs. Natalie Barden performed a set with her bandmates Lindsey Dievert and Rick Irving and gave a moving performance of the song “Humble and Kind” with her father, Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise. Natalie’s brother Daniel was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.  She also played a key role in organizing the overall program for the event.

The Newtown Action Alliance, Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, and Connecticut Teens Against Gun Violence also had tables at the event to lend their support to the cause.

“It was an honor to host the last stop of the March For Our Lives Tour here in Newtown. Despite the terrible circumstances that brought us together, Sandy Hook Promise is proud to stand alongside these teen activists to move the needle on gun reform across the country,” said Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Promise Elementary shooting.

The March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour kicked off in Chicago, IL on Friday, June 15th and traveled to more than 50 cities in over 20 states including Iowa, Texas, California, South Carolina, and Connecticut.

The tour traveled to places where the NRA has strongholds, as well as a number of communities that have been affected by gun violence where they met fellow survivors. At each stop, the MFOL activists registered young people to vote in advance of the upcoming mid-term elections.

 

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.

 

About March For Our Lives: March For Our Lives is a movement dedicated to student-led activism around ending gun violence and the epidemic of mass shootings in our schools today and gun violence in communities. On March 24, 2018, the organization held one of the largest rallies in Washington D.C. demanding for common-sense gun reform to ensure the safety of all students across the country in light of the growing epidemic of school shootings. For more information, visit www.marchforourlives.com.

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Sandy Hook Promise Organizing the Final Stop of the March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour in Newtown

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Sandy Hook Promise Organizing the Final Stop of the

March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour in Newtown

 

WHAT: On Sunday, August 12th, Sandy Hook Promise and the teen activists behind the March For Our Lives movement will come together for the last stop of the March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour.

 

Spearheaded by the dynamic March For Our Lives and Newtown teens, with support from Sandy Hook Promise, the community event is being held at the Fairfield Hills Campus from 2 PM – 6 PM and will include speeches from the student activists, voter registration, entertainment, food trucks and activities for all ages.

 

The March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour kicked off in Chicago, IL on Friday, June 15th and traveled to more than 50 cities in over 20 states including Iowa, Texas, California, South Carolina, and Connecticut. The tour traveled to places where the NRA has strongholds, as well as a number of communities that have been affected by gun violence where they met fellow survivors. At each stop, the MFOL activists registered young people to vote in advance of the upcoming mid-term elections.

 

WHEN:                  Sunday, August 12, 2018 | 2 PM – 6 PM

WHERE:                Fairfield Hills Campus – 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470

 

WHO:                    March For Our Lives Activists

                              Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of SHP

                              Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of SHP

                              Natalie Barden, Sister of Daniel Barden, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary

                              Junior Newtown Action Alliance Members

                              CT Teens Against Gun Violence Members

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is 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.

 

About March For Our Lives: March For Our Lives is a movement dedicated to student-led activism around ending gun violence and the epidemic of mass shootings in our schools today and gun violence in communities. On March 24, 2018, the organization held one of the largest rallies in Washington D.C. demanding for common-sense gun reform to ensure the safety of all students across the country in light of the growing epidemic of school shootings.

For more information, visit www.marchforourlives.com.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise to Partner with Broward County Public Schools to Train Students How to Identify Warning Signs of At-Risk Individuals Before Violence Happens

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Sandy Hook Promise to Partner with Broward County Public Schools to Train Students

How to Identify Warning Signs of At-Risk Individuals Before Violence Happens

 

Newtown, CT – As the community of Broward County continues to heal from the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, school officials are taking steps to ensure that its students are safe as they head back to school in the fall. One measure the school district is taking is to train students how to identify, intervene, and get help for someone exhibiting at-risk behaviors, as well as how to create a more connected and inclusive community through its partnership with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP).

“As a mom who has also experienced devastating loss from a school shooting, I understand that safety is a top priority for every parent in Broward County, and across the country, as students head back to school. Sandy Hook Promise is honored to partner with this resilient community to train its students how to be ‘upstanders’ in their community,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and the mother of 6-year-old Dylan who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

Broward County Public Schools plan to roll out two of SHP’s proven programs to its students, Say Something and Start With Hello.

The Say Something program teaches youth and adults the signs of at-risk behaviors and how to properly intervene before that person harms themselves or others. In 4 out of 5 school shootings, the attacker told someone of his/her plans prior to the attack and 70% of people who complete suicide told someone of their intention or gave some type of warning. To date, trained students have helped avert multiple school violence plots, teen suicides, and other acts of violence and self-harm.

SHP’s Start With Hello program empowers students to create an inclusive and connected community by reaching out to those who may be chronically isolated, marginalized, or rejected to let them know that they are valued. Social isolation, which is a growing epidemic across the country and in our schools, is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. Excessive feelings of isolation can be associated with violence and suicidal behavior. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression, and as a result, many pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and may choose to hurt themselves or others. Schools that have rolled out this program have reported a decrease in bullying and how students have created a culture of looking out for one another.

For more information, go to www.sandyhookpromise.org or email programs@sandyhookpromise.org.

Since its inception, Sandy Hook Promise has educated over 3.5 million youths and adults in all 50 states with its Know The Signs Programs on mental health & wellness, identification of at-risk behaviors and how to take action and get help before a situation escalates. Those trained are now able to spread SHP’s vital messages and help prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens.

 

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 Programs Provide Solutions to New Secret Service Guide Recommendations to Prevent School Violence

Sandy Hook Promise Programs Provide Solutions to New Secret Service Guide Recommendations to Prevent School Violence

July 13th, 2018 – Yesterday the Secret Service released a guide for preventing school violence based on data compiled over the last 20 years by the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center. Key findings from the report include recommendations for trained threat assessment teams, training students and staff to report on concerning behaviors, and to have a system in place where reports can be sent anonymously. They also highlighted the “importance of creating safe school climates in which students are empowered to share their concerns.” All of these recommendations are critical to preventing violence in schools.

Sandy Hook Promise has already been hard at work for the last few years delivering solutions exactly like the ones recommended in this new report, and are already seeing increasing numbers of interventions as a result.

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) offers evidence-based solutions with our Know the Signs programs to schools AT NO COST to prevent gun violence in their schools. SHP has trained over 3.5 million students and adults in these programs, helping to prevent many acts of violence and self-harm. Our programs help to foster a safer school climate where youth and adults are trained and empowered to identify, intervene, and get help for individuals before they hurt themselves or others.

“We are happy to see more evidence from this new Secret Service guide that recommend the actions we’ve already built into our Know the Signs programs,” said Nicole Hockley, Managing Director at Sandy Hook Promise, and mom to Dylan, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012. “With these new recommendations, we hope that more schools will take action to bring in our no-cost programs so that we can achieve even greater impact in preventing gun violence in schools.”

The Secret Service report encourages schools to train students and staff to report concerning behaviors, and to have a system in place where reports can be sent anonymously via a website, hotline, or smartphone application that can be followed up on in real-time. After the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, Sandy Hook Promise launched this exact type of system: our Say Something Anonymous Reporting System. It was launched nationally, and school districts in Texas, Connecticut, and Minnesota have already begun implementing the system. This program trains students to recognize warning signs, especially in social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others, and to Say Something via our Anonymous Reporting System phone app, website, or hotline. Over 100 school districts across 17 other states are preparing to implement the Say Something

Anonymous Reporting System over the next few months. Schools already using this system have seen multiple interventions and are creating a safer environment for their students.

Another key finding from the Secret Service report is that ensuring a school has a trained threat assessment team in place to assess threats in advance, rather than assess them in the midst a crisis, is critical to preventing violence in schools. Sandy Hook Promise partnered with threat assessment expert Dr. Dewey Cornell of the University of Virginia to bring our threat assessment training, Safety Assessment and Intervention, to schools around the country at no cost. This program trains schools and community organizations how to identify, assess and respond to threatening behaviors before they escalate to violence.

Sandy Hook Promise provides all of our Know the Signs Programs, including the Safety Assessment and Intervention and the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, to school districts at no cost. To bring these programs to your school, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

 

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About Sandy Hook Promise:

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is 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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U.S. Senator Bob Casey and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers honored at Sandy Hook Promise’s 4th Annual Gala in Washington D.C.

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U.S. Senator Bob Casey and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers

honored at Sandy Hook Promise’s 4th Annual Gala in Washington D.C.

The evening focused on the importance of proven intervention methods to

 “Change the Ending” and stop gun violence before it happens

 

Newtown, CT – [Date] – On the evening of Wednesday, June 13th, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) hosted its 4th annual Promise Champions Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. MSNBC anchor and NBC News Correspondent, Stephanie Ruhle served as the emcee for the evening.

 

The gala honored men and women from across the country for their work in violence and gun violence prevention, including U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) who were recognized for their commitment to creating safer communities through their gun violence prevention and mental health awareness work. This year’s theme was centered around how each of us can CHANGE THE ENDING, as we all have the power to intervene and get help for a person who is at-risk of harming themselves or others. SHP also shared stories of potential threats that happen far too often and what SHP’s programs are doing to educate schools and communities across the country to Know the Signs and intervene for better outcomes. Lead sponsors for this year’s event included the Association for Accessible Medicines, General Dynamics, and The Elva and Lawrence O'Brien Family Trust.

 

“The Sandy Hook tragedy had a profound impact on the way that I approach the gun reform debate,” said Senator Casey. “Sandy Hook Promise does a great deal to honor the legacy of those who lost their lives that day, and I am honored to receive this award. We must continue to do all we can to stop gun violence in America, including passing common-sense gun reform in Congress. I remain hopeful that my colleagues will come together to solve this all-too-common problem.”

 

When anger and fear threaten to tear us down, it’s on all of us to be better neighbors and to do our part in building stronger communities. We cannot change the ending alone. It takes each one of us doing our part,” said House Republican Conference Chair McMorris Rodgers in her remarks at the gala. That’s why I’m also grateful for the work and leadership of Sandy Hook Promise. [The organization is] equipping students and schools to know the warning signs of violence and suicide, [and] helping parents, and training schools to intervene before it’s too late. School should be a place of learning where our children make friends, find their talents, and reach their full potential. We must be having the courageous conversations about what programs and solutions work to keep them safe.”

 

The honorary co-chairs for this year’s gala were U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democratic Leader, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, who each made remarks during the program praising SHP for its efforts to keep our students safe. SHP’s mission galvanized the support from both sides of the political aisle, as over 50 members of Congress came together to serve on the honorary co-chair committee for this event, and of those the following were in attendance, Congressman Ted Deutch, Representative John Larson, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Congressman Jim Hines, and Senator Pat Toomey. They were joined by esteemed business and philanthropic leaders and Promise Leaders from across the nation who are creating change within their communities, including leaders from Comcast; Aetna; Cigna, Merck, Airlines for America, Novartis; Klein/Johnson Group; WilmerHale; Anthem, Lockheed Martin, PepsiCo and others.

 

The impact of SHP’s Know the Signs programs, particularly its Say Something and Start with Hello programs, were brought to life by local Washington D.C. student performers. The performers opened the program with each student delivering a moving monologue discussing topics such as bullying, depression, and suicide from a teenager’s perspective.  Their second performance, following the dinner, moved the crowd to tears with an inspirational version of the song “You Will Be Found” from the Broadway show, Dear Evan Hanson.

 

In less than four years, SHP has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults across all 50 states in at least one of its four proven Know the Signs programs.  These programs have stopped multiple planned school shootings and suicides, reduced bullying, threats and weapons being brought into schools, and helped many young people get the mental health services they need.

 

The organization was also instrumental in passing the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 at the federal level, which provides states with funding they need to bring life-saving violence prevention programs to schools, helping to train students, teachers, and adults on how to identify and report warning signs of gun violence before tragedies occur. In addition to this important legislation, SHP also nationally launched its Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, that allows students to anonymously report at-risk behaviors they see on social media and/or at their school or community via an app, online, or by calling a dedicated hotline. Since the launch in March, 200 school districts across the country have launched the program or have signed up to roll it out their students.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is 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.

 

Photos from the event are available. Please contact Stephanie Morris at Stephanie@dvmcpr.com or

646-650-5005.

 

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SHP Commends Senate Appropriators For Strengthening Investment In School Violence Prevention

SANDY HOOK PROMISE COMMENDS SENATE APPROPRIATORS FOR STRENGTHENING INVESTMENT IN SCHOOL VIOLENCE PREVENTION


June 13, 2018 - Sandy Hook Promise applauds the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) for approving increased funding for evidence-based school violence prevention under the STOP School Violence Act.

“This critical funding will protect even more students across our country with proven violence prevention programs. We know that violence and suicide in our schools are preventable when we teach students and adults to know the signs and act as upstanders to save a life. We applaud the continued bipartisan commitment of Chairman Moran, Ranking Member Shaheen, and this committee to improve school safety through prevention and early intervention to stop future tragedies before they happen,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and the father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

The FY 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act passed through Subcommittee yesterday, increases the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance STOP School Violence Act funding from $50 million to $75 million for school violence prevention grants to states, local governments, and Tribes for the purposes of training students and school personnel to identify signs of violence and intervene early to prevent people from hurting themselves or others. The funding can also be used to for the development and operation of anonymous reporting systems, and formation of evidence-based school threat assessment and intervention teams to help schools intake and triage threats before tragedy strikes.

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 as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise has proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 (H.R. 4909/S. 2495) that will train millions more students and adults to Know the Signs of gun violence and how to act to prevent it.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is 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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STOP School Violence Act creates opportunity for schools to get grants and prevent gun violence

We're so heartened that the "Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act," or "STOP School Violence Act" has now officially been signed into law. This new law provides a real, actionable opportunity for more schools and districts to prevent tragedy before lives are lost.

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U.S. Senator Bob Casey & House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be Honored at Sandy Hook Promise's 4th Annual Gala

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MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle to Host Sandy Hook Promise 4th Annual Gala in Washington D.C.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be honored for their work in gun violence prevention and mental health awareness

 

Newtown, CT – On the evening of Wednesday, June 13th, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will host its 4th annual Promise Champions Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. MSNBC anchor and NBC News Correspondent, Stephanie Ruhle will serve as the emcee for the evening.

 

The gala will honor men and women from across the country for their work in violence and gun violence prevention, including U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) who will be recognized for their commitment to creating safer communities through their gun violence prevention and mental health awareness work. This year’s theme is centered around how each of us can CHANGE THE ENDING, as we all have the power to intervene and get help for a person who is at-risk of harming themselves or others. SHP will also share stories of potential threats that happen far too often and what SHP’s programs are doing to educate schools and communities across the country to Know the Signs and intervene for different outcomes. Top sponsors for this year’s event include the Association for Accessible Medicines, General Dynamics, and The Elva and Lawrence O'Brien Family Trust.

 

The honorary co-chairs for this year’s gala are U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democratic Leader, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. SHP’s mission has galvanized support from both sides of the political aisle, as over 50 members of Congress have come together to serve on the honorary co-chair committee for this event.  They will be joined by esteemed business and philanthropic leaders and Promise Leaders from across the nation, who are creating change within their communities.

 

In less than four years, SHP has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults across all 50 states in at least one of its four proven Know the Signs programs.  These programs have stopped multiple planned school shootings and suicides, reduced bullying, threats and weapons being brought into schools, and helped many young people get the mental health services they need.

 

The organization was also instrumental in passing the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 at the federal level, which provides states with funding they need to bring life-saving violence prevention programs to schools, helping to train students, teachers, and adults on how to identify and report warning signs of gun violence before tragedies occur. In addition to this important legislation, SHP also nationally launched its Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, that allows students to anonymously report at-risk behaviors they see on social media and/or at their school or community via an app, online, or by calling a dedicated hotline. Since the launch in March, school districts have rolled out the app to its students across the country.

 

While SHP has made great strides in the gun violence prevention space, there is still much work to be done. This year alone there have been over 23 school shootings across the country. According to the Gun Violence Archive, over 1,300 children and teens (aged 0-18) have been killed or injured by guns this year.  

 

To learn more about the organization, the gala, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.SandyHookPromise.org/gala.

 

 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is 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.

 

Photos from the event will be able following the event. Please contact Stephanie Morris at Stephanie@dvmcpr.com or 646-650-5005.

 

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stephanie@dvmcpr.com

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