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Sandy Hook Promise to Host Inaugural New York City Benefit Evening Honoring Vice President Joe Biden and PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi with Performance by Sheryl Crow, Hosted by Gayle King

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Sandy Hook Promise to Host Inaugural New York City Benefit Evening

Honoring Vice President Joe Biden and PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi

with Performance by Sheryl Crow, Hosted by Gayle King

 

The benefit will highlight achievements in gun violence prevention, and commemorate the 5-year remembrance of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

 

Newtown, CT – On Tuesday, December 12th, leading gun violence prevention organization Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will host its inaugural New York City Benefit Evening at The Plaza Hotel.

 

In the spirit of turning tragedy into positive action, the event will celebrate the strides SHP has made in gun violence prevention and mental health and wellness.  SHP will honor Vice President Joe Biden and Indra Nooyi, for their extraordinary commitment to gun violence prevention. 

 

“We are honored to recognize Vice President Biden and PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi at our first New York City benefit. They are incredible champions of our efforts to help stop violence before it starts,” said Nicole Hockley, Managing Director and co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, and mother of Dylan, who was 6-years old when he was killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy.

 

In addition to celebrating their successes and looking ahead to the future, the event will also commemorate the 5-year remembrance of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King will serve as host, with Sheryl Crow providing the entertainment for the evening.

 

In less than three years, SHP has trained over 2 million people across all 50 states with its evidenced-based Know The Signs violence prevention programs. The programs focus on mental health & wellness, identification of at-risk behaviors and how to take action and get help before a situation escalates. 

 

SHP’s four Know The Signs violence prevention programs – which include Start With Hello, Say Something, Signs of Suicide and Safety Assessment & Intervention - are offered free to schools and organizations across the country.  SHP’s programs have helped stopped multiple school shootings, suicides and other acts of violence, as well as reduced incidences of bullying nationwide, and helped many young people get the mental health services they need.  Proceeds from the evening will help fund these life-saving programs.

 

“After experiencing the greatest of losses, Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley started Sandy Hook Promise with the goal of making this country safer for other children,” said Vice President Joe Biden. “It has been an immense honor to stand next to Mark and Nicole for the past five years, and I intend to continue working with them until no parent has to suffer the loss of a child as a result of gun violence. We have much more work to do. “

 

 

“I am so deeply honored and touched to be recognized by the families of Sandy Hook Promise. While nothing we do or say can soothe the anguish of losing a child, we are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these courageous and resilient families, and anyone who shares our dream of a safer world,” said Indra Nooyi.

 

2017 has been a groundbreaking year for SHP.  It recently launched Say Something Digital.  The program is based on SHP’s Say Something violence prevention program, and gives schools the option to train students in the program by simulating real-world scenarios in an interactive digital course.  SHP is also launching the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, which allows youth and adults to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others. The system allows for tips to be submitted through the web, toll-free crisis line or with the Say Something app on their mobile phone.

 

Earlier this year, SHP joined forces with SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) to work together to help sustain SHP’s programs though SAVE’s 2200 student clubs in schools across the country. SHP also added the important and impactful Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program to its Know The Signs programs. SOS is aimed at middle and high schools, and combines an educational curriculum that raises awareness about suicide and depression, as well as depression screening to identify youths at risk.  

 

SHP has made great strides in the gun violence prevention space, however there is still much work to be done. Over a half million acts of gun violence occur annually in the U.S. Every day, 314 people are shot, and of those 41 are children under the age of 18.  SHP believes that gun violence is preventable when you know the signs.  Their mission is to train youth and adults in their Know The Signs programs, and to stop violence BEFORE it starts.

 

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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Sandy Hook Promise Commends Senators on Bipartisan Background Check Legislation

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Sandy Hook Promise Commends Senators for Introducing

Common Sense Background Check Legislation

Senators on Both Sides of the Aisle Introduce the “Fix NICS Act”

to Strengthen Background Checks

 

Newtown, CT – November 16, 2017 – Earlier this month, as the investigation unfolded in Sutherland Springs, TX, we learned that the deadly shooting could have been averted had authorities properly reported the shooter’s violent history. However, due to this lapse in the system, we witnessed the heartbreaking and grave consequences.

 

In light of this incident, we praise U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX,) Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) along with Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) for introducing the Fix NICS (National Instant Background Check System) Act.

 

The legislation aims to strengthen background checks, hold agencies accountable for reporting a perpetrators violent past, as well as looks to create a Domestic Abuse and Violence Prevention Initiative to ensure that states have adequate resources and incentives to share all relevant information with NICS showing that a felon or domestic abuser is excluded from purchasing a firearm.

 

“In the past 45 days, we have witnessed two of the worst mass shootings in modern history. I applaud these Senators for taking the crucial step to introduce this commonsense legislation that will improve background checks, keep all agencies accountable, and most importantly create a safer America. We have lost too many innocent lives. The time to act is now,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and the mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

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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Sandy Hook Promise Hosts 1st Ever Ohio Statehouse Advocacy Day

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Sandy Hook Promise Hosts 1st Ever Ohio Statehouse Advocacy Day

 

Mark Barden to moderate Violence Prevention Strategies Panel

 

 

WHAT: As part of Sandy Hook Promise’s (SHP) 1st ever Ohio Statehouse Advocacy Day, co-founder and managing director Mark Barden will convene a panel of Ohio experts to discuss violence prevention strategies and policies. Following the panel briefing, Ohio Promise Leaders will meet with state Representatives and Senators to advocate for the Ohio General Assembly to enact gun violence prevention policies. Interested members of the public are also invited to attend.

 

Media is invited to attend the panel briefing at Ohio Statehouse Atrium. Please email Stephanie Morris at stephanie@dvmcpr.com to request individual interviews.

 

WHEN:                 Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TIME:                    Panel: 10:45 AM EST – 12:00 PM EST

WHERE:                Ohio Statehouse – Atrium (Columbus, OH)

WHO:                    Panel Participants include:

  • Mark Barden, Cofounder and Managing Director, Sandy Hook Promise
  • Terry Russell, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Ohio
  • Kathy Oberlin, Director, Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success
  • Jo Simonsen, Family Systems Advocacy Director, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
  • Sandy Hook Promise Ohio Promise Leaders

 

 

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.

SHP Statement on Sutherland Springs Church Shooting

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Sandy Hook Promise Releases Statement on Shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX

 

November 6, 2017 – Sunday we learned of the deadly mass shooting that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 14 children, and injured 20 others at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. We feel the pain that this small, close-knit community is going through as it is all too similar to the 26 lives our small community lost almost 5 years ago. Our broken hearts are with the families that have lost innocent loved ones and whose lives are changed forever. We are so sorry for your pain.

 

Gun violence is far too common in our country, and an issue that we have become socially desensitized to – almost to the point of accepting it as the cost for our freedom in America. Two of the five deadliest shootings in the United States have happened in the last 35 days, and yet we are told it is still too soon to talk about gun violence. It is not too soon; it is too late. People should be able to attend church, a concert or school safely, and then come home again. The everyday nature of gun violence and its passive acceptance - instead of taking action to prevent it - is wrong and must stop.

 

“The 26 in Texas now join the 58 in Las Vegas, the 49 in Orlando, the 26 in Newtown, the 32 in Virginia, and the thousands of others who die by gun violence every year. It’s beyond time to talk about gun violence – the time to act is now,” said Nicole Hockley, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Sandy Hook Promise. Hockley’s son Dylan was 6 years old and one of 26 killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. “When horrific tragedies like this happen, we know people feel helpless or hopeless, as they wait for action from our government, which never comes. We must stand together to take real action and work for an end to gun violence in America. We know gun violence is preventable and that there are tangible actions we can take in our own communities to stop violence before it starts. We must take ownership and be personally accountable to keep our communities safe. When more people are engaged, when more voices are raised in outrage, when more actions are being taken, then Congress will have no choice but to listen to the people and pass legislation to sustain this change.”

 

Real action is educating people to know the signs of at-risk individuals and how to intervene and take action BEFORE violence occurs. Most mass shooters display warning signs that are either missed, misunderstood or ignored. Though it is early into the investigation, we already know the Texas shooter had been jailed for assault against his wife and child, and sent threatening messages to his mother-in-law.

 

We wrap our arms around the families and community of Sutherland Springs during this difficult time as they deal with the pain and sorrow today, and in the days and years to come. We are here beside you, along every step.

 

Join us to honor the lives lost and Make The Promise to help prevent gun violence, and support solutions that create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities.

 

 

 

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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Sandy Hook Promise Launches New “Say Something Digital” Youth Violence Prevention Course to Reduce Violence in Schools

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Sandy Hook Promise Launches New “Say Something Digital” Youth Violence Prevention Course to Reduce Violence in Schools

New Digital Program Teaches Students to Look for Warning Signs, Signals, and Threats

 

 

Newtown, CT - October 26, 2017  Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) has launched a new digital version of their evidence-based Say Something violence prevention program. Say Something Digitalwas developed in collaboration with leading education technology company EVERFI, and helps students identify the signs of violence or self-harm among their peers and empowers them to “say something” to a trusted adult. Sandy Hook Promise is a national non-profit gun violence prevention organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

 

The Say Something Digital program is based on SHP’s existing Say Something in-person and self-led trainings, but allows students to practice handling these difficult situations through simulated real-world scenarios. Within the course, students look at sample social media posts and assess true-life conversations among peers to identify potential warning signs. Students are then asked to walk through an example conversation with a trusted adult to prepare them to ‘say something’. The digital course can be used as the primary Say Something training, or as a supplement during a free period, select class, or as a homework assignment. The digital delivery makes it easy for schools to use the course as a reinforcement exercise throughout the school year after the initial training.

 

This new digital learning initiative will allow students to navigate multiple virtual scenarios, evaluate warning signs and threats, and reflect on their decisions. Violence is preventable when students know the signs and take action,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and Managing Director at Sandy Hook Promise.  Hockley is the mother of Dylan, who was 6 years old when he was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

 

“We are incredibly proud to have partnered with Sandy Hook Promise to provide a scalable digital learning program to empower young people to both recognize the signs of need and take action,” said EVERFI Chief Operating Officer Tammy Wincup. “These issues affect our children in every community across the country. There is more we can do.”

 

Say Something is one of SHP’s four Know The Signs violence prevention programs.  SHP has trained over 2 million youth and adults in these evidenced-based, life-saving programs.  The programs are offered free to schools and organizations across the country, and have helped stop multiple school shootings, suicides and other threats of violence, and reduced bullying nationally.  “We feel strongly about offering these important programs for free, because cost should never be a factor in saving a life,” said Nicole Hockley.

 

Non-fatal and fatal violence at schools has been on the rise since the early 2000s. The RAND Corporation has reported that 20-30 percent of American students (i.e. over 10 million students) repeatedly either engage in, or are the victims of bullying tactics such as physical aggression, verbal harassment, public humiliation, cyber bullying and/or rumor mongering.  These factors contribute to self-harm, suicide or harm to others, and cultivate a climate of fear.

 

“To change these disturbing statistics, it is critical that we build an inclusive culture that encourages ‘upstanders’, not bystanders,” said Hockley. “Administrators at schools across the country have reported that after implementing our Know the Signs programs students have created a more inclusive community that looks after one another, and who don’t hesitate to speak up when something is amiss.”

 

To bring Say Something to your school or organization, contact programs@sandyhookpromise.org

 

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 EVERFI, Inc.

EVERFI is the leading education technology company that provides education for the real world. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 16 million learners in critical skill areas.  Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 3,300 partner organizations across all 50 states and Canada and annually reaches 6 million learners. Learn more at EVERFI.com

 

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement in Support of Senator Chris Murphy’s Background Check Expansion Act

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement in Support of Senator Chris Murphy’s Background Check Expansion Act

 

Newtown, CT, October 25th, 2017 - Sandy Hook Promise, the national gun violence prevention organization, urges the Senate to vote on Senator Chris Murphy’s new bill to close the loopholes in our background check system.  From the horrific shooting in Sandy Hook to the most recent tragedy in Las Vegas, Congress has not acted to keep our country safe from gun violence. They must act now to pass the Background Check Expansion Act.

“While our country may be divided on many issues, we all want to feel safe and the vast majority of us agree that if you can’t pass a background check, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun,” says Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise who lost her six-year-old son Dylan in Sandy Hook. “As major loopholes in our nation’s laws allow a quarter of all guns to be bought without a background check, our elected officials must come together around this commonsense bill and help save lives before another tragedy happens.”

 

 

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 helps lobby for the passage of sensible state and federal firearm access policy, that protect children and prevents 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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SHP Statement on Newly Released FBI Documents

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Newly Released FBI Documents

 

Newtown, CT, October 24th, 2017 – Documents released today by the FBI concerning the December 14th, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School affirm that there were multiple chances to intervene and prevent the tragedy. While we know many signs and signals were missed, including but not limited to extreme chronic social isolation, a fascination with firearms and past mass shootings, more instances of concerning behavior were outlined in the documents. 

 

“Newly disclosed instances where the shooter communicated on the internet about his loneliness, his documentation of past mass shootings and spree killings, and suicidal ideation have come to light, and add to the urgency of the importance of knowing the signs to get someone help before they can hurt themselves or others and prevent future tragedies from occurring,” said Nicole Hockley, managing director at Sandy Hook Promise, and mom to 6 year-old Dylan, killed in the shooting.

 

Sandy Hook Promise provides prevention programs, at no cost, to schools around the country to help students, school administrators, and parents identify signs and signals of someone in a crisis, and who to tell to properly intervene to prevent violence.

 

“These new findings reinforce the relevance and gravity of knowing the signs and the capacity to save lives. If someone had intervened, my son and others killed at Sandy Hook School might be alive today,” said Hockley.

 

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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