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An Enduring Promise: Sandy Hook Mom Talks Commitment to Helping Kids Say Something to Prevent Violence

In just 20 months of operation, Hockley and her SHP team have trained over 1 million members with the ultimate goal of having violent prevention programs in every school soon. A current partnership with Miami-Dade district schools and an upcoming partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District both stand as testament to how the group is building on its momentum, easily making it a viable candidate to be the leading voice of violence prevention in America’s schools.

 

Read more on Education World here: http://www.educationworld.com/a_news/future-violence-prevention-sandy-hook-mom-talks-commitment-helping-kids-say-something

Over 1,000 Schools and Youth Organizations to Participate in Second Annual Say Something Call-to-Action Week this October

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Over 1,000 Schools and Youth Organizations to Participate in

Second Annual Say Something Call-to-Action Week this October

 

Students nationwide will learn life-saving skills through Sandy Hook Promise’s

violence prevention programs

 

Newtown, CT - Almost four years following the tragedy that struck the Sandy Hook community on December 14, 2012, an organization formed by some of the families of the victims will educate youth across the country on gun violence prevention. Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that aims to prevent violence before it starts by educating students, school administrators, parents and communities to identify anyone exhibiting signs of harming them self or others and to intervene to get help. One of its “Know the Signs” programs, Say Something, takes preventative measures by helping students recognize the signs of potentially violent or at-risk behavior in their peers, particularly on social media, and to act immediately by saying something to a trusted adult.

 

During the week of October 24th through the 28th, SHP will work with schools across the nation – from Shreveport, Louisiana to Chicago, Illinois - in the 2nd annual Say Something Call-to-Action week. This year, participation in Say Something Week has more than doubled and hundreds of thousands of students in grades 6-12 from over 1,000 schools nationwide will learn how to recognize the warning signs of violence and self-harm, including bullying, depression, eating disorders, and substance, physical, or sexual abuse and learn how to share any observed signs with a trusted adult. Through Say Something, every student is empowered to help others and their community, becoming upstanders rather than bystanders.

 

According to research, 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. SHP’s programs work to proactively prevent tragedy by reinforcing the power within young people to stop violence before it starts.

 

“Our Say Something program has been proven beneficial for schools and students across the country as students trained in the program have stepped up to help avert violence, big and small, in their schools and communities,” said Nicole Hockley, Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of 6-year old Dylan Hockley who was also killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy. “Every student we train has the power to help someone else and avert a potential tragedy. Imagine how many families will be spared the agony of losing a loved one, once teens are made aware of the signs and learn how to properly intervene and Say Something to a trusted adult.”

 

Say Something is delivered at no cost to schools and organizations by SHP. The program can be taught in the classroom, through assemblies, or by student ambassadors.

 

 

Since its inception, Sandy Hook Promise has educated over 1 million youths and adults in its Know the Signs Programs in all 50 states 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 create a culture of connectedness and inclusion throughout their community.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child.  SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late.  SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.  Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

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Nicole Hockley pens open letter to mom of South Carolina shooting victim Jacob Hall

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I'm ashamed of myself.

When I heard the news of the Townville Elementary school shooting, I was horrified. Too many similarities to the shooting at Sandy Hook School that took the life of my son, 19 of his classmates and six of his educators almost four years ago. A troubled young man (a child himself) with access to guns, killing one of his parents and then going to an elementary school and shooting first-graders and educators.

My first question was, “Are they OK?” Hearing that there were no deaths at the school eased my pain a little and I was able to return to my work. I knew the community would be traumatized. I knew families would be left wondering how this could have happened and what they could do to prevent it from happening elsewhere. I knew eventually we would hear about the signs and signals that the shooter gave off long before the violence occurred, but that were missed, not recognized, or not acted upon. I knew it was yet another preventable tragedy, but my immediate pain and fear was lessened because none of the children had been killed.

Until Saturday, when I learned of Jacob Hall's death. Seeing the picture his family released before he succumbed to his wounds killed me inside. Seeing his mother's face as she held her beautiful baby boy for the last time ... there are no words for the anguish I felt then and still feel today.

 

Read the rest of her letter, here: http://nydn.us/2dyconE

 

 

Townville Elementary shooting victim Jacob Hall has died

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We are heartsick to learn about the death of six year old Jacob Hall, one of three shot, including his classmate and their teacher, at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina on September 28th. Jacob was a happy boy, who loved to go to church and school. He was shot on his way out to the school playground.


We know firsthand the anguish his friends, family, teachers and classmates are facing. This didn’t have to happen, it should not have happened, and we are deeply saddened to add Townville, and any town, to the growing list of American communities forever touched by gun violence.


Mark, Nicole, and the entire Sandy Hook Promise team send all of our love to the Hall family and the Townville community during this extremely difficult time.

SHP Statement on the Shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina

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Today, we are heartbroken again. At least 3 people, including 2 children and 1 teacher have been injured in a school shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina. There are almost no words to express our dismay. This is the 3rd time we’ve had to sit down in the last 6 days to report on a shooting of this type. This is without the informal responses to the 8 people shot in Baltimore, including a 3 year old, the 5 shot near the University of Illinois, and a 12 year old unintentionally shot by a 2 year old in Tennessee, among dozens of others that never even make the news.


We are told the children in South Carolina have injuries that are non-life-threatening, but their lives will be forever altered; as will the lives of their parents and teachers who were forced into a situation that should have never even happened to begin with.


It makes no sense that these things continue to happen in America. It’s time for us to agree on one thing: That we need to do more to protect our kids, and that it can be done when we work together.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child. SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late. SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance. Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

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Sandy Hook Promise Hits 1 Million Mark!

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Sandy Hook Promise Hits 1 Million Mark

Gun Violence Prevention Organization Has Trained Over 1,000,000

 

 

Newtown, CT– September 22, 2016 – In less than 20 months, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) announces that it has trained over one million youths and adults in its gun violence prevention educational programs. Since the unimaginable tragedy that took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, SHP has transformed loss into a national grassroots movement to prevent violence before it starts.

 

“We could not be more proud of the exponential growth that our organization has experienced over the last two years.” says Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of SHP, “I never would have believed that we could have accomplished so much, so quickly. I cannot thank the students, parents, teachers, and all of the other volunteers and participants, enough. It is their immeasurable devotion and passion for our mission that has kept the momentum growing.”

 

Through its Know the Signs programs, SHP has instructed students, youth leaders, parents, teachers, and school officials across the country, in all 50 states, on mental health & wellness, identification of at-risk behaviors and how to take action and get help before a situation escalates. SHP began first implementing their Know the Signs programs in early 2015, after conducting initial pilot testing in 2014. All programs are delivered at no cost to schools or community organizations. The Know the Signs programs include specific training on “Say Something”, “Start With Hello”, “Youth Mental Health First Aid”, and “Safety Assessment and Intervention”. “Say Something” focuses on teaching youths how to identify students who are displaying at-risk behavior, especially on social media, and notify a trusted adult. “Start With Hello” aims to teach and institute inclusion within a school and community to promote connectedness and prevent social isolation. Sandy Hook Promise’s programs are proven to be effective, and have resulted in helping stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.

 

Of the 1 million+ people trained in at least one of SHP’s Know the Signs programs, over 900,000 are youths. These children and teens are changing the way that our country thinks about mental health and wellness and, thanks to their training, are able to prevent violence before it starts.

 

This fall, SHP is continuing its roll out of the Know the Signs programs in all of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the country. In addition, SHP will also begin delivering its programs in Los Angeles Unified Public Schools and at the beginning of 2017, and are planning roll out in five other districts later that year.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child.  SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late.  SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.  Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

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NBA All Star Alonzo Mourning and The Heat’s Wayne Ellington Launch Miami-Dade County Public School Gun Violence Prevention Initiative City-Wide with Sandy Hook Promise

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NBA All Star Alonzo Mourning and The Heat’s Wayne Ellington Launch

Miami-Dade County Public School Gun Violence Prevention Initiative City-Wide

with Sandy Hook Promise

 

 

Miami, Florida – September 19, 2016 – Former and current Miami Heat players Alonzo Mourning and Wayne Ellington, who lost his own father to gun violence, launched Sandy Hook Promise’s gun violence prevention programs in an unprecedented city-wide rollout to all Miami-Dade County middle and high schools today at John A. Ferguson High School. SHP Co-Founder and managing director Nicole Hockley, whose first grade son Dylan was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly four years ago, and MDCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho also spoke with students about the importance of these programs and violence prevention.

 

Wayne Ellington addressed the senior high students, “Two years ago, in 2014, my father was taken from me. He was shot and killed in Philadelphia in a senseless act of gun violence. Since that day, I have become passionate about gun violence prevention. It is wonderful to see that students, teachers, and community leaders in my new home, Miami, have made it their mission to prevent gun violence from the ground up. Never before has a city bravely taken on gun violence, mental health awareness, and inclusion throughout all of their public schools.”

 

Alonzo Mourning passionately endorsed the historic initiative, “We are all so proud to be here, to be a part of this incredible stance against gun violence. The city-wide adoption of three of Sandy Hook Promise’s gun violence prevention education programs is a brave and important step towards creating a safer community for our children. As a father, as parents of three, my wife and I can’t imagine the feeling of loss that parents like Nicole and many others have endured. In the US alone, the gun homicide rate is 43 times higher than the rate of 50 other countries.”

 

This roll out of violence prevention programs throughout the city of Miami is unprecedented, as no other city in the country has proactively decided to educate all of its middle and high school students district wide. MDCPS, the fourth largest school district in the country, decided to take this step with SHP after a successful pilot that took place at the beginning of 2016.

 

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise, Nicole Hockley delivered a moving speech explaining her motivation to prevent gun violence. Hockley noted that “I truly believe that the best way that we can prevent these acts of violence and self harm is to get ahead of them, is to learn the signs and signals of someone who is in need of help and to get them help long before they decide to take action.”

 

In recent years, especially in the inner city of Miami, children and teens have been the most affected by gun violence. SHP’s “Know the Signs” programs teach students how to combat and prevent violence, by focusing on precursors and identifying at-risk behaviors in people that need help.  Two of the programs train students directly, focusing on social isolation and how to create a community of inclusion and connectedness through the “Start with Hello” program, as well as how to identify students that exhibit at-risk behavior – in person or via social media – and how to properly intervene through the “Say Something” program. A third program, “Safety Assessment & Intervention” trains teachers, educators and administrators how to assess and act on all threats of violence or self-harm, taking action and getting the student help before any escalation.

 

Most gun violence is preventable when you know the signs. Sandy Hook Promise, which was founded by several families of those killed at the tragedy in Newtown nearly four years ago, is unlike any other organization as it focuses on the days, weeks, months or even years before someone decides to use a weapon to hurt themselves or someone else. They do this by providing free training to students, educators, parents and community leaders by knowing the signs of at-risk individuals and how to intervene before they take potentially tragic actions. To date, through its programs, SHP has helped avert a school bombing and shooting plot in Ohio, as well as multiple suicide attempts and other acts of violence.

 

Following the kick-off, middle and high school students throughout Miami will participate in a week-long initiative based on SHP’s “Start With Hello” program, as way to galvanize students and educators. On Tuesday, September 20th, former Miami Heat starter Alonzo Mourning will join students at the Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School Biscayne Bay Campus for the  themed activity.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child.  SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late.  SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.  Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

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Miami-Dade County Public Schools to Take Proactive Step Against Violence District-Wide with Sandy Hook Promise’s Proven Programs

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Miami-Dade County Public Schools to Take Proactive Step Against Violence

District-Wide with Sandy Hook Promise’s Proven Programs

 

Former and Current Miami Heat Players Alonzo Mourning and Wayne Ellington to Speak at Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ City-Wide Launch of Violence Prevention Programs with Sandy Hook Promise

 

Miami, Florida – September 19, 2016 – This fall, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) is partnering with leading gun violence prevention organization Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) to roll out its proven “Know the Signs” violence prevention programs to all of its middle and high school level students district-wide. In a city where on average 30-35 MDCPS students are killed per year, this is a huge proactive step toward decreasing those figures and curbing violence, as well as teaching its students life-long core skills that will help them identify at-risk individuals in school and within the community.

 

This roll out of violence prevention programs throughout the city of Miami is unprecedented, as no other city in the country has proactively decided to educate all of its middle and high school students district wide. MDCPS, the fourth largest school district in the country, decided to take this step with SHP after a successful pilot that took place at the beginning of 2016.

 

"All of us at Sandy Hook Promise are honored to be working with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Rolling out these programs on such a grand scale is so inspiring and exactly what communities need,” says Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, who lost her first grade son Dylan at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “Our children should never have to suffer from violence or self-harm and with these programs and preventative measures we can have impact, stop violence before it happens, and ultimately, save lives."

 

In recent years, especially in the inner city of Miami, children and teens have been the most affected by gun violence. SHP’s “Know the Signs” programs teach students how to combat and prevent violence, by focusing on precursors and identifying at-risk behaviors in people that need help.  Two of the programs train students directly, focusing on social isolation and how to create a community of inclusion and connectedness through the “Start with Hello” program, as well as how to identify students that exhibit at-risk behavior – in person or via social media – and how to properly intervene through the “Say Something” program. A third program, “Safety Assessment & Intervention” trains teachers, educators and administrators how to assess and act on all threats of violence or self-harm, taking action and getting the student help before any escalation.

 

“We are honored that Miami-Dade County Public Schools was chosen by Sandy Hook Promise as the launching site for this program,” said Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “Our Values Matter Miami initiative, which empowers our youth and strengthens character development in our classrooms, is seamlessly aligned with this national gun violence program.”

 

Most gun violence is preventable when you know the signs. Sandy Hook Promise, which was founded by several families of those killed at the tragedy in Newtown nearly four years ago, is unlike any other organization as it focuses on the days, weeks, months or even years before someone decides to use a weapon to hurt themselves or someone else. They do this by providing free training to students, educators, parents and community leaders by knowing the signs of at-risk individuals and how to intervene before they take potentially tragic actions. To date, through its programs, SHP has helped avert a school bombing and shooting plot in Ohio, as well as multiple suicide attempts and other acts of violence.

 

The week of September 19th, MDCPS and SHP will celebrate the partnership and galvanize the students and educators by hosting a weeklong initiative based on SHP’s “Start With Hello” program. The weeklong event will kick-off on Monday, September 19th with a presentation at John A. Ferguson High School, the city’s largest high school with over 4,000 students, with schools across the district participating in themed days throughout the week. Former and current Miami Heat players Alonzo Mourning and Wayne Ellington will speak to Ferguson students at the kick-off, along with Carvalho and Hockley who will speak to students about violence prevention and the importance of SHP’s programs.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child.  SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late.  SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.  Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

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